Chris Froome: Egan Bernal's life is about to change forever

08 August 2019 01:06
Although he's said he plans to target the 2020 Tour de France, Chris Froome has also said that he expects 22-year-old teammate and 2019 champion Egan Bernal "to do amazing things in our sport", while admitting that he didn't quite expect a challenge from the young Colombian prodigy so soon. "I could see in the early days with Egan that he was a huge talent," Froome said in a video interview Team Ineos released late last week. "He's someone who is going to go on to do amazing things in our sport, but I didn't expect to have him down as the 2019 winner of the Tour de France." Froome, of course, missed the chance to win a record-tying fifth Tour this year when he crashed out of the Critérium du Dauphiné with multiple fractured bones. Team Ineos still had defending champion Geraint Thomas on the roster, but it was Bernal who surged ahead in the Alps and deposed previous race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep).ADVERTISEMENT "What he's achieved is phenomenal," Froome said. "He's taken on the best in the world and he's won. I certainly couldn't have imagined achieving victory like that at such a young age." The four-time Tour de France winner also had a bit of a warning for Bernal, however. "Egan's life is about to change forever," said Froome, who accompanied Bernal at home at the Tour Colombia 2.1 in February. "Just being in Colombia this year and understanding how big cycling is in Colombia, I don't quite think he knows what's going to hit him when he gets home." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com.readfullarticle

Source: Cycling News