The first post-containment cycling race organized in France delivered its verdict on Tuesday. The Route d'Occitanie, contested in four stages, saw the final victory of Egan Bernal.
The Colombian of the Ineos team, the last winner of the Tour de France, has been faithful to his status as the headliner of the event. Less than a month before the start of the Grande Boucle, rescheduled from August 29 to September 20 due to the health crisis linked to Covid-19, the big favorite to his own succession has already struck a big blow by dominating a raised plateau .
Pinot at the foot of the podium
Winner Monday of the 3rd stage after a show of strength by his team in the Col de Beyrède, Egan Bernal was content with fourth place on Tuesday during this last stage run between Lectoure (Gers) and Rocamadour (Lot). The victory went to Frenchman Benoît Cosnefroy. The AG2R La Mondiale rider beat Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the top of the Rocamadour holy way.
🇨🇵 The enthusiastic applause from the Lot public for the winner of the day at #Rocamadour, @BenoitCosnefroy! @ AG2RLMCyclisme # RDO2020 pic.twitter.com/FCAWyiNDkH- La Route d'Occitanie - La Dépêche du Midi (@RouteOccitanie) August 4, 2020
Winner of the Grand Prix La Marseillaise and the Étoile de Bessèges in February before the break linked to the health crisis, the 24-year-old Norman, world champion on road in 2017, made his punch speak after joining in the descent before Rocamadour, Miguel Angel Lopez and Omar Fraile, the two riders from Astana, chasing Fausto Masnada (CCC), the last survivor of the morning break. The Frenchman finally won alone with two seconds ahead of his pursuers.
Overall, Egan Bernal is ahead of his teammate Pavel Sivakov and Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana), by 19 and 23 seconds respectively. Thibaut Pinot fails at the foot of the podium, 37 seconds behind the Colombian. Christopher Froome (Ineos), for his part, still finished far from the first arrivals of this 4 th stage. The Briton took 71st place, more than four minutes from the winner.
The four-time winner of the Tour de France was especially illustrated in an awkward way. On Monday in the last kilometers of the ascent of the Col de Beyrède, the future runner of Israel Start-up Nation was booed by a spectator. Froome then turned to the whistleblower and insulted him, throwing a "Shit, asshole!" "