Bernal: On the Tour de France, it's always the strongest rider who wins
Egan Bernal Training in Colombia
Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) has reaffirmed his desire to win several editions of the Tour de France and states that his status as defending champion will neither improve nor impair his chances in this year's race.
The 23-year-old will compete on the planned 2020 tour as part of an Ineos team that will include 2018 champion Geraint Thomas and four-time winner Chris Froome if the Brit doesn't make a mid-season transfer avoiding this is a leadership fight with Bernal.
It is Bernal's third tour appearance after making his debut as Deluxe Domestique two years ago when he finished 15th overall.
In an interview with France TV Sport's Stade 2, which was filmed earlier this year in Zipaquirá, Colombia, Bernal admitted that he would start the tour more accurately than ever.
"I won't have a surprise effect this year. The audience and the drivers - everyone - will follow me a little more closely," said Bernal. "But it doesn't matter whether you are the favorite or not. The strongest driver always wins in a race like the Tour de France. "
Bernal, who started his professional career in Italy with Gianni Savio's Androni Giocattoli team, hinted at the prospect of his debut as Giro d'Italia in 2021, but told Stade 2 that his overall goal was to continue spending the tour en to win France.
"There is nothing bigger than winning the Tour de France. Next you have to win another Tour de France," said Bernal.
"It's like a drug. Once you've tried it, you always want more. You never have enough. When you win a tour, you want to win a second and a third and a fourth. You want to win more and set a record. "
Bernal and his Colombian colleagues are expected to travel from Europe to Europe on a charter flight to Madrid on July 19. He will drive three stage races in France - La Route d'Occitanie (1-4 August), the Tour de l'Ain (7-9 August) and the Critérium du Dauphiné (12-16 August) - before the Grand Départ tour in Nice on August 29th.
"I want to offer the spectacle that the public is waiting for and do justice to the level of the race," said Bernal. "I'll give the best of myself."
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