Egan Bernal opts for French programme before Tour de France defence

Egan Bernal training in Colombia
Egan Bernal training in Colombia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Egan Bernal will return to Europe from Colombia on July 19 and ride the Route de Occitaine, Tour de l'Ain and the Critérium du Dauphiné in August before starting the Tour de France as a leader of Team Ineos on August 29.

The 2019 Tour de France winner has been in Colombia since March when he headed home as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic sent the world into lockdown. He respected the strict lockdown rules in Colombia, riding indoors for a several weeks before the mayor of his hometown of Zipaquirá gave him and other local professional permission to train outdoors at the end of April.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.