Egan Bernal will not race 2021 Tour de France

Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) in the maglia rosa
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Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) has closed down rising speculation that he would head to the Tour de France this July after successfully completing the Giro d’Italia, adding that fear of overloading his back muscles means he is also unlikely to take part in the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  

Bernal is currently dominating the Giro d’Italia, which he has led for over a week and where he has now won two key mountain stages. He has a commanding 2:24 advantage over closest rival Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious), while Ineos Grenadiers appear to be the strongest team in the race and capable of controlling their rivals during the final stages. 

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