Egan Bernal near guaranteed to win Tour de France as Geraint Thomas climbs into second on stage 20

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EGAN BARNAL is virtually guaranteed to win the Tour de France after coming through stage 20 with a comfortable lead, with last year’s winner Geraint Thomas set to finish second.

The 22-year-old will become the third-youngest winner ever of cycling’s biggest race — the youngest for 115 years — and the first ever Colombian to do so.

Egan Bernal has all-but won the Tour de France if he comes through Sunday’s stage in Paris unscathed
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His Ineos team-mate Thomas will be on the second step of the podium, 12 months after he shocked the sport by clinching the Grand Boucle in Paris.

Long-running leader Julian Alaphilippe, 27, faded badly on a shortened penultimate stage to Val Thorens.

The day’s racing was reduced to 35 miles just a day after landslides badly affected roads in the Alps and put a premature halt to stage 19.

It prompted scenes of mass confusion after French darling Alaphilippe was knocked out of the Tour leadership and the Yellow Jersey.

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