Egan Bernal retains lead after Tour de Suisse Penultimate Time Trial

Egan Bernal survived the 19.2 km penultimate time-trial around Goms finishing in 11th place to retain the Tour de Suisse yellow jersey

The 22-year-old, is well placed to win the Tour de Suisse with the final stage on Sunday over favoured mountain terrain.

"We still have the jersey, tomorrow's the last day and we'll fight all the way," Bernal stade after the time trial.

Belgian Yves Lampaert, who rides for Deceuninck-Quick Step team was the fastest.

Bernal beat his closest rival, champion time-triallist Rohan Dennis.

Bernal luckily avoided a crash when his back wheel slipped on a sharp corner, "It was frightening, yes," smiled the Colombian.

This come after Ineos teammates Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have suffered bad falls in the past two weeks.

The final stage is a mountainous 144k km with 3 Hors Categorie climbs. Bernal has a 22 second lead over closest rival Rohan Dennis.

The 22-year-old, who showed all-round class and no fear after the scary skid where others might have fallen.

Bahrain Merida's Dennis had limited his own losses on the summit finish on Friday and started in second place this morning, but he stayed there, "I can't be unhappy I'm still second," said Australian Dennis, "We have two big hills tomorrow so if Egan has an off day.... I don't think he will bet you never know?" .

Sunday's stage is also run around Goms and features the same hill on which Bernal took time out of Dennis on Friday.

VIDEO: 2019 Tour de Suisse Stage 8 Highlights

2019 Tour de Suisse Stage 8 Top 10

1 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:21:58
2 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:05
3 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 0:00:10
4 Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First 0:00:13
5 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team
6 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:19
7 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:20
8 Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:32
9 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:00:34
10 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:36
11 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos

General classification after stage 8

1 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos 24:40:24
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:22
3 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:46
4 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:01:54
5 Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:01:55
6 Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:02:43
7 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:02:53
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:0:2:56
9 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar 0:03:17
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb

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