Bernal wraps up second at Romandie

29 Apr 2018

Bernal wraps up second at Romandie

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Egan Bernal wrapped up second overall and the young rider’s jersey on the final day at the Tour de Romandie to cap another impressive week for the 21 year old.

The fifth and final stage came down to a bunch sprint in Geneva and Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) took the win, with Bernal safely rolling over the line to secure his first overall WorldTour podium. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) retained his eight-second lead over the Colombian to take the title in Switzerland.

Pavel Sivakov had impressed earlier in the day by making the break, but the peloton worked hard to keep the five out front within touching distance, and the group was swept up with 10 kilometres to race.

Then it was a case of keeping Bernal out of trouble. Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe came to the fore, keeping the 21 year old at the front of proceedings, and he was able to finish in a comfortable 17th, before making his way to the podium.
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Dario Cioni

Dario Cioni

It’s been a super performance from Egan and the team around him.
Sport Director Dario Cioni has overseen Bernal’s impressive performance this week and was full of praise for the Colombian.

He said: “Egan was probably the strongest rider in the race on the climbs, but he came up against a very strong opponent in Roglic, who did better than him in the prologue and managed to hang on to those few seconds.

“But it’s been a super performance from Egan and the team around him. The guys have done really well this week in support of him.

“Egan is very easygoing and he listens a lot to the feedback he gets, or any tactical information you give him in the race. He looks like a big, big talent for the future.”

Cioni believes Sivakov also has a big future ahead of him, after the 20 year old impressed in the break.

“We knew it would probably be a sprint,” he continued, “but we thought if the break got away with enough men out front, there was a chance it would make it to the finish. Unluckily for Pavel the break was only five guys, but the peloton had to work really, really hard to pull them back.

“Pavel has been amazing this week. He’s going really well and looking very solid. He’s made a lot of progress, even from the last race he did, and he’s really stepped up a level.

“To be able to go in the break today and make a big effort after a tough time trial and then a big day in the mountains, it really shows that he’s got something for the future.”

Overall standings:

1. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) 17:09:00
2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +8"
3. Richie Porte (BMC Racing) +35"
4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) + 1:16"
5. Rui Costa (UAE-Emirates) +1:23"
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