Colombian climber Egan Bernal wraps up victory at the Tour de Suisse

The Team Ineos rider, is now second favourite for the Tour de France behind teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas

 

Bernal finished third on the 101.5 km final stage around Goms to secure the title. "It's one of the biggest races that I've won. I'm really happy and it gives me a lot of confidence for the next races," Bernal, who missed the Giro d'Italia after suffering an injury in training.

"Just before the race I had a big crash and I could not go to the Giro. So to come here and to win is really nice for me and the team."

Bernal finished 19 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis, after following every move Dennis made on Sunday, with the Australian finishing second on the day.

Britain's Hugh Carthy took the ninth-stage honours after a solo ride saw him cross the line a minute and two seconds ahead of Bernal and Dennis.

Thomas had to pull out of the Tour de Suisse after crashing on stage four, but will be recovered for the start of Grand Tour on July 6.

Bernal seized the race lead on the sixth stage in Switzerland, before winning the seventh stage and putting in a solid performance in Saturday's time trial.

VIDEO: 2019 Tour de Suisse Stage 9 Highlights

2019 Tour de Suisse Stage 9 Results Top 10

1 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First 3:01:49
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:02
3 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Ineos
4 Mathias Fränk (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:52
5 Šimon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin
6 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:15
7 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
9 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
10 Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team

2019 Tour de Suisse Final General Classification

1 Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Ineos 27:43:10
2 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:19
3 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:04
4 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:12
5 Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:03:13
6 Šimon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 0:03:48
7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:04:14
8 Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team 0:04:35
9 Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:53
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb 0:05:27

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