Bernal: "Third place is a good sign"

The Colombian was satisfied after the first stage of the Dauphiné, in which he got four bonus seconds over the rest of the favorites.


Colombian Egan Bernal (Ineos), third classified in the first stage of the Dauphiné, finished the day "satisfied" with the position and with the fact of obtaining a 4-second bonus compared to his direct rivals.

"This position is good after such a long stage. We had to be vigilant from the start and especially on the final circuit, with many ups and downs and a very explosive finish," the 2019 Tour winner said at the finish line.

For the cyclist from Zipaquirá it is a good sign to have been able to be in the main group with third place, only surpassed by the Belgian Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and the South African Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) .

"It reminded me of the Tour de France last year, when Wout van Aert was already in good shape. We are getting closer to the Tour and we are talking a lot about the fight between Ineos against Jumbo, but there are also many other teams that are there to being in the game, you have to respect them, "said the Colombian.

Van Aert: "It was a great victory"

Belgian Wout Van Aert (Jumbo Visma), Dauphiné's first leader, said that he was motivated to tackle the Dauphiné sprint on the first day to achieve "a great victory" .

"I seem to have good legs. Yesterday I arrived at the hotel very tired, after a few days off. The team wanted to do a perfect job for me today, as we saw that it could be a good day to try. It was simply a great victory, "said Van Aert at the finish line.

The triple cyclocross world champion and recent winner of the Strade Bianche and Milan San Remo, highlighted his motivation to seek the triumph of his team, which worked throughout the long day with all its troops.

"When you have teammates like Tony Martin and you see all these team leaders supporting me at the end, you feel motivated to do everything you can in the sprint," he added. "When we passed the finish line for the first time, I told the teammates that I felt good and that I wanted to give it a try. When we started to climb I had a complete yellow train in front of me, even at the end, Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk are still the leaders, but this it's a great team win, "he said.

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