Bernal: I feel good but I need more racing

BEZIERS FRANCE AUGUST 01 Podium Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team Ineos White Best Young Jersey Celebration Hostess Covid Safe measures during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 1 a 187km stage from Saint Affrique to Cazouls ls Bziers RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 01 2020 in Beziers France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Bernal wearing the best young rider's jersey after stage 1 of the Route d'Occitanie (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tour de France champion Egan Bernal described himself as "tired but happy" at the end of his first day of racing since February's Tour Colombia and his first in Europe since last year's Tour of Lombardy.

After skillfully negotiating the tricky final kilometre on the opening stage of the Route d'Occitanie into Cazouls lès Béziers, the Ineos rider finished sixth on the stage and in the white jersey of the best young rider.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).