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Bernal Withdraws From Tour De France Ahead Of Stage 17

Defending champion Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the Tour de France forward of stage 17, his Ineos Grenadiers staff mentioned on Wednesday.

Bernal, whose hopes of successful the race fell away when he cracked in Sunday’s 15th stage, was dropped from the primary bunch within the ascent to Saint-Nizier, affected by again pains in Tuesday’s 16th stage gained by Lennard Kaemna. [nL8N2GC5AJ]

Bernal had mentioned that compensating for his again led to some discomfort in his knee.

“This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances,” Bernal mentioned in an announcement

“I have the greatest respect for this race and I am already looking forward to coming back in the years ahead.”

The 23-year-old will give attention to his restoration from the Tour, and reset his targets for the remainder of the season, his staff mentioned.

They didn’t specify the rationale for his withdrawl.

“We’ve taken this decision with Egan’s best interests at heart,” Ineos staff principal Dave Brailsford mentioned.

“Egan is a true champion who loves to race, but he is also a young rider, with many Tours ahead of him and at this point, on balance, we feel it is wiser for him to stop racing.”

The Colombian had pulled out of the Criterium du Dauphine with again pains final month.

Last yr, Bernal grew to become the youngest rider to win the Tour de France in 110 years.

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