Cycling-Bernal withdraws from Tour de France ahead of stage 17

16 Sep 2020 / 14:19 H.

    Sept 16 (Reuters) - Defending champion Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of stage 17, his Ineos Grenadiers team announced on Wednesday.

    "This is obviously not how I wanted my Tour de France to end, but I agree that it is the right decision for me in the circumstances," Bernal said in a statement

    "I have the greatest respect for this race and I am already looking forward to coming back in the years ahead."

    The 23-year-old will focus on his recovery from the Tour, and reset his goals for the rest of the season, his team said. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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