Bernal warns for the Tour: he was unstoppable in San Gottardo

The Colombian, leader of the race, won in the goal high and extended his lead over Dennis to 41 seconds. Enric Mas tried and got seventh.


San Gottardo, place of historic legends (such as the construction of the Devil's Bridge to cross the Reuss) and monumental cobblestone roads (Tremola), hosted the goal of the seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland. They were 13.5 kilometers to 6.7%, with the added requirement of the pavés. And Egan Bernal, yellow jersey, did not leave even the crumbs to his rivals. Increasingly made and adapted to his role as leader of the powerful Ineos, he left the general quite on track. After 41 seconds to Rohan Dennis in the absence of the time trial of 19.2 km on Saturday and the mountainous last day on Sunday, with three ports of special category.

Changed the color of the jersey, from blue to red, and the name, from Sky to Ineos, but the British team continues the same dominance. Elissonde, Castroviejo, Doull, Swift and Rowe did an impeccable job of control and launch for their captain. Fallen Geraint Thomas, Bernal took responsibility naturally. If in Ineos they grant him freedom and the current champion of Tour arrives short of preparation for the departure of Brussels (next July 6), this Colombian pioneer of 22 years is shaping up as one of the top favorites for the title ... and they will not miss Chris Froome. Bernal achieved his second victory of 2019, after the Paris-Nice.

Enric Mas tried it to 4.5 km of the arrival, although he lacked strength. Seventh in the stage and in the classification, his set-up for the gala round marches in the right direction. With his victory in the opening time, Dennis seems Bernal's only concern for Saturday and Sunday. In spite of the great help he received from his partner Pozzovivo, it was incomprehensible that the Italian crossed the line ahead of the Australian and deprived him of a higher bonus. But with the demonstrations of Bernal, it does not look like they are going to miss those seconds.



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