Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal is aiming for the 2022 Tour de France title

Bernal won the 2019 Tour de France in style aged just 22, but the climbing sensation withdrew injured half-way through the 2020 edition and skipped the following year to win the Giro d'Italia

Egan Bernal is aiming for the 2022 Tour de France title

In his absence the younger Slovenian Tadej Pogacar of Team UAE Emirates won back-to-back Tour de France titles and is now considered the man to beat.

But the prospect of seeing Bernal try to wrestle the title from Pogacar's iron grip is a mouthwatering proposition.

When cycling magazine Mundo Ciclistico asked Bernal, who turns 25 in January, if he would race the Tour de France in 2022 he confirmed he would.

"The answer is yes," said Bernal, who emerged from the shadow of teammate Welshman Geraint Thomas over the culminating high-altitude Alpine peaks to win his Tour in 2019.

"That is clear. We will focus all our training, preparations and force on getting ready for the Tour de France this year," he said.

"It's time to go back, to return to the paths we found in 2019, and which I moved away from slightly," said Bernal.

As the Giro d'Italia finishes less than three weeks before the Tour begins in 2022 the news suggests he would likely miss the Italian race, of which he speaks so highly.

"Winning the Giro was of enormous personal and sporting significance for me personally, my team and for Colombians," said the man who raced as a neo-pro in Italy.

"It took huge physical and mental strength to win the Giro, and I'll never forget it."

"I think I'm over the back injury but the results on the bike will show if that's right," he said of the niggling back complaint that came to the fore during his Tour de France defence.

"I'll be starting my season in Europe," he said.

The 2022 Tour starts with three stages in Copenhagen and, in the words of its designer Thierry Gouvenou, will suit only 'complete riders' who can thrive on any surface and in any conditions.

Bernal, who grew up in the Andes can look forwards to five finishes at high altitude, one of them at 2400 metres.

But given his slight frame, he may struggle more on the windy 17km bridge over the sea in Denmark, on the 19 kilometres of cobblestones in France's northern mining region, or on the 40km of time-trialling.

 
Tag: tourdefrance
 
Dec 09 2021 - NEWS: Spectator who caused horrific Tour de France pile-up fined 1,200 euros
Nov 23 2021 - NEWS: Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal is aiming for the 2022 Tour de France title
Oct 14 2021 - NEWS: 2022 Tour de France will visit Paris-Roubaix cobbles and Alpe d'Huez
Oct 14 2021 - NEWS: Be Hinault for a day at the 2022 L’Etape Du Tour De France
Jul 18 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar wins second consecutive Tour de France title
Jul 17 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar seals straight second Tour de France Victory
Jul 16 2021 - NEWS: Bahrain Victorious jubilant as Mohoric wins his 2nd Tour Stage
Jul 15 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar wins in Mountains again to dominate the Tour
Jul 15 2021 - NEWS: French Police launch nighttime raid on Bahrain Victorious Hotel at the Tour de France
Jul 14 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar wins again atop giant Tour de France mountain Col du Portet
Jul 13 2021 - NEWS: Konrad wins hilly stage 16 as Pogacar retains the yellow jersey
Jul 11 2021 - NEWS: American Sepp Kuss wins Stage 15 of the Tour de France in Andorra
Jul 11 2021 - NEWS: Bauke Mollema delivers stage win at the Tour de France for Trek-Segafredo
Jul 10 2021 - NEWS: Mollema wins Tour de France stage at the foot-hills of the Pyrenees
Jul 08 2021 - NEWS: Nils Politt puts in late attack from the breakaway to Tour de France Stage 12
Jul 01 2022 - EVENT: 2022 Tour De France