Egan Bernal's Tour de France defence crumbles on Grand Colombier

Team Ineos rider Colombias Egan Bernal R climbs the Grand Colombier pass behind the leaders group during the 15th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 175 km between Lyon and Grand Colombier on September 13 2020 Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD AFP Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAFP via Getty Images
Egan Bernal loses time on the Grand Colombier during stage 15 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Egan Bernal's defence of his Tour de France title took a huge hit on stage 15 on the Grand Colombier, with the Colombian losing contact with the group led by Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert with just under 14km to go on the 17.4km ascent.

The Colombier was the first major high-mountain summit finish of the Tour de France and the biggest test of the overall contenders. Van Aert, setting pace for overall leader Primož Roglič, ripped the favourites to shreds, jettisoning both Bernal, Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) before pulling off and giving control to George Bennett and then Tom Dumoulin to continue the decimating pace.

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