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


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

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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