PARIS – Egan Bernal consolidated his grip on the yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse, and showed he is a contender for the Tour de France by climbing to victory in the seventh stage on Friday.
The Colombian, who rides for Ineos, finished 23 seconds clear at the end of the longest stage of the Swiss race, a 216.6km ride from Unterterzen to San Gottardo.
“My teammates did an exceptional job, it’s fantastic,” said Bernal.
Bernal was followed home by two Bahrain-Merida riders, the Italian Domenico Pozzovivo and the Australian Rohan Dennis, who is second in the overall classification.
With just over two weeks to go before the start of the Tour de France, Bernal is positioning himself as one of the favourites for the race which recently lost two of its headliners: Britain’s Chris Froome, who is also with Ineos, and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin of Sunweb.