Bernal stars on his way to second

24 Mar 2018

Bernal stars on his way to second

Related riders

Share this article

Egan Bernal rode onto the podium and into the young rider's jersey at Volta a Catalunya after starring on the queen stage atop La Molina.

The 21 year old bridged to a powerful lead group inside the final six kilometres and then pushed the pace on the first category climb, distancing Marc Soler (Movistar) and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), before duking it out for the win with Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Valverde emerged victorious in the sprint to the line with Bernal second and Quintana a distant third. Latour came home 23 seconds back, 30 seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who led home the fractured peloton.

Bernal now sits a clear second overall, 19 seconds shy of Valverde and seven seconds ahead of Quintana, and holds a healthy lead on the young rider classification.
null

Brett Lancaster

Brett Lancaster

What more could you ask of him? It gave me goosebumps.
Speaking to TeamSky.comafter stage four a proud Brett Lancaster was full of praise for the young Colombian.

The Sport Director said: “We’re super happy. What more could you ask of him? It gave me goosebumps, calling the race to him on the radio. That’s the future right there.

“What you saw today was an extremely raw talent. He’s 21 and he works so hard. He’s a very humble guy with it, which makes things even nicer. He’s thankful to everyone in the team. He’s got the whole package.”

Sergio Henao slipped back after working for Bernal and Lancaster explained the team took the decision to throw their weight behind Egan ahead of the final climb.

“We knew yesterday what Egan’s form was like,” Lancaster continued. “There was always the opportunity for Sergio if his form was good today but we made the call at the bottom of the climb to go all in for Egan. Sergio then did a great job and all the boys were great.

“Tomorrow is a very long mountain stage. It’s 219km, so that alone after today is going to be pretty tough. Movistar are going to be very strong controlling the race, but we’ll see what happens. The only other opportunity is the last stage, which could be nasty.”
null

Share this article