Egan Bernal holds onto leader’s jersey
Egan Bernal (COL / INS) enters Sunday’s final stage as the overall race leader. The massive talent from South America easily held onto the yellow leader’s jersey in the individual time trial in Obergoms on Saturday.
Bernal will start the triple mountain pass test over Nufenen, Gotthard and Furka with a bonus of 22 seconds over Rohan Dennis (AUS / TBM). The time-trial world champion seemed to be paying for the efforts he made at Flumserbergen on Thursday and at Gotthard on Friday.
At the intermediate time check, Bernal was trailing Dennis by 19 seconds. At the finish, the difference was exactly the same. That might have been very different as Bernal narrowly avoided a crash when he overhit a sharp left turn by displaying acrobatic braking skills. "I was really lucky," Bernal sighed after his effort against the clock.
For almost one and a half hours, Yves Lampaert (BEL / DQT) had to wait in the hot seat until he was able to celebrate his time-trial victory in Obergoms. The Belgian road champion covered the 19.2 km distance with an impressive average speed of 52.422 km/h. "I can hardly believe it. I'm very surprised that I was able to distiguish myself in this field," said the Belgian after his triumph.
The race against the clock resulted in another disappointment for Stefan Küng (SUI / GFC). Last year, he was dominating the final time-trial in Bellinzona. This time around, the rider from Eastern Switzerland continuously lost time on the technically challenging track in Obergoms. Instead of a grabbing the victory, Küng had to settle for seventh place: "I have no explanation as to why it didn’t go any better. After 5km I felt that things were no longer going as planned."
Patrick Schelling (SUI / SUI) finished 44th place in the time-trial which means that the rider from Sankt Gallen enters the final stage on rank 11, being the best positioned Swiss rider of the race.