Bernal ends his season by not being cited for the Vuelta

The Colombian will not run the Spanish round to recover for 2021. Thus, Froome and Carapaz will be the Ineos leaders in the Spanish round.


Colombian Egan Bernal (Ineos), winner of the 2019 Tour de France and retired this year after the sixteenth stage, will not compete again this season and will focus on recovering physically by 2021, so he will not participate in the Tour of Spain.

The decision, which AS already announced this Tuesday, excludes Bernal as head of the Ineos ranks for the Vuelta and makes the references for the Spanish round to be the British Chris Froome, four times winner of the Tour, and the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, winner of the Giro 2019.

Bernal, who also retired in the Dauphiné two weeks before the Tour de France, showed in the "grande boucle" a low state of form that prevented him from fighting for the defense of his title and finally opted for abandonment before the start of the seventeenth stage.

The 23-year-old cyclist from Zipaquirá had considered the possibility of fine-tuning his form for the Vuelta that will be held from October 20 to November 8, but the team's option is the total recovery of the Colombian and face with guarantees next season.

Chris Froome, winner of the 2011 and 2017 Vuelta and absent from the 2019 Tour, will face his last great challenge with the Ineos jersey in the national round before leaving for the Israel Start-Up Nation.

The Kenyan-born cyclist will share ranks with Richard Carapaz, who will participate for the third time in the Tour of Spain. The Ecuadorian was scheduled for the Giro, but a change in plans by Ineos forced him to participate in the Tour in the absence of Froome and Geraint Thomas.

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