Tour de France: Which GC contenders lost time on stage 15

GRAND COLOMBIER FRANCE SEPTEMBER 13 Arrival Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 15 a 1745km stage from Lyon to Grand Colombier 1501m TDF2020 LeTour on September 13 2020 in Grand Colombier France Photo by Thibault Camus PoolGetty Images
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Grand Colombier provided the stiffest test yet for the GC rider at this year’s Tour de France with its relentless gradient proving to be the graveyard for yellow jersey challenges of Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic) who were both cut adrift barely 4km into the 17km climb.

Quintana was the first to lose ground but he was quickly joined by Bernal who appeared to be suffering on both of the previous two climbs and, as Primož Roglič’s Jumbo-Visma set a punishing pace, seconds soon extended to minutes with Quintana losing 3:50 on stage winner Tadej Pogačar, and Bernal shipping an astonishing 7:20 despite being nursed home by his teammates.

The losses meant that Bernal  - the defending champion – dropped from third overall to 13th, his overall deficit at 8:25. Quintana on the other hand managed to limit his losses but still dropped from fourth to ninth at 5:08.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.