Things were clear for the Ineos team following the reformatting of the cycling calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic: Egan Bernal was to do the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas the Tour of Italy and Chris Froome the Tour of Spain. But the Colombian did not complete the Big Loop, due to back pain, and the question of the rest of his season arises. Bernal has returned home to Monaco and will take exams to see if he is able to race again this season, which ends in five weeks. If he receives the green light, which competition will he favor? Obviously, the organizers of the Giro and the Vuelta would dream of seeing him on the starting line of their competition. “I’m happy to have Geraint Thomas on the Giro. He won the Tour two years ago, finished second last year and showed that he was in good shape on Tirreno-Adritico (2nd, editor’s note). But if he has a luxury teammate, it will be even better », Declared on Italian television Mauro Vegni, the boss of the Giro, which will take place this year from October 3 to 28.
A Froome-Bernal-Carapaz trio on the Vuelta?
But a few days before the arrival of the Giro, the Vuelta will start, and the boss of the Tour of Spain (20 October – 8 November) would like to see Egan Bernal at the start as well: “He has several options, but it is certain that ‘we would love to have it. This year, we have three steps less, it can help him psychologically. We always want the best riders, so we hope to have Froome and Bernal, ”Javier Guillen told Marca. Richard Carapaz, the current top climber of the Tour de France, will also be lined up for the Vuelta, which promises a hell of a battle for leadership within Ineos if Bernal comes as well., knowing that Froome, designated since the end of August for this Tour of Spain, is not in great shape and will leave at the end of the season… According to Cyclingnews, Egan Bernal could also choose to compete in the Ardennes classics to finish his season: the Flèche wallonne on September 30, Liège-Bastogne-Liège on October 4 and the Amstel Gold Race on October 10. Whatever his choice, it will be a big first for Egan Bernal, who has never yet taken part in the Giro, the Vuelta, or any Ardennes classic.