Chris Froome and Egan Bernal both looking to the Tour de France

SARRANCOLIN FRANCE AUGUST 03 Arrival Egan Bernal of Colombia and Team Ineos Celebration during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 3 a 1635km stage from Saint Gaudens to Col de Beyrde 1417m RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 03 2020 in Sarrancolin France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) won stage 3 of the Route d'Occitanie (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The debate and conjecture about the likely make-up of the Ineos team at the Tour de France will roll on after the "queen" stage of the Route d'Occitanie to the Col de Beyrède. While the stage provided some answers about the condition of key players on the British squad, it also made it apparent that no easy selection decisions can be made yet.

Defending Tour champion Egan Bernal was doubly happy at the stage finish having taken victory and seen his teammates scatter his rivals. He admitted he hadn't come to Occitanie with his sights set on winning on the Beyrède, but his performance made it very clear that his preparation for the defence of the Tour crown is absolutely on track.

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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).