Egan Bernal: I'm screwed up on all sides

Ineos Grenadiers’ Egan Bernal at the 2020 Tour de France
Ineos Grenadiers’ Egan Bernal at the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Until he cracked on stage 15 of the Tour de France to Grand Colombier, Egan Bernal appeared to hide the back injury that knocked him out of the Critérium du Dauphiné. After the rest day, the young Colombian found himself in the gruppetto on a demanding stage 16 to Villard-de-Lans, losing another 10 minutes to race leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and no longer able to hide the effects of his bad back.

"Today I was suffering all day, with back pain and it was increasing," Bernal said according to "In the last climb it switched to my knee. I'm screwed up on all sides. If I continue like this, it will be difficult to fight for the stage in the Col de la Loze, which is a very hard climb, with a lot of steep gradients."

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