The Dane Vingegaard hopes to have the Colombian in the French tour in 2023 to beat him
Jonas Vingegaard, 2022 Tour de France champion and Egan Bernal. Photos taken from the runners' profiles on Instagram.
Egan Bernal is already preparing for 2023 with tremendous training in the mountains upon his return from vacation, while the Tour de France champion challenges him from Europe , Jonas Vingegaard. The 2023 calendar is already being prepared by part of the international peloton hoping to be ready for the first challenges to come.
In the case of Bernal, the Colombian has had a year of exhaustive recovery after the accident in January, which did not allow him to lead his team, Ineos Grenadiers, in the main competitions, barely being in some tests in August and September. However, he still needed knee surgery to finish the recovery process and then embark on much more intense training than he had been doing.
Despite not knowing what physical condition he will be in next season, the man from Cundinamarca is expected by his main rivals such as Tadej Pogacar, who had already stated that he hoped the coffee grower would recover to face him: “I hope that next year Egan Bernal is coming back. We would have a really large field of competitors of the same high level, who would put up a very close battle to win the Tour de France. It is good that it is not always the same two, that the runners are changing. That they are always different battles and it makes it interesting”, the Slovenian said at the time to the press in recent months.
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In the same sense, the Danish Vingegaard, who won the Tour de France in 2022, made some statements. The Jumbo Visma rider hopes to be able to defend his title in 2023 in the gala round, but he wants to do it against the best riders in the world peloton such as Pogacar and Colombian Egan Bernal: “It would be really great to race with Evenepoel, I can't wait for that moment. But don't forget about Roglic and Bernal. All of us together in a Grand Tour, I'm already excited. I want to compete against the best. If I win, it will only make my victory shine”, assured the runner for the Dutch half Het Nieuwsblad recently.
Jonas also hopes that another of the great riders who stood out in a big one this year could be there, like Remo Evenepoel from Quick Step. The Belgian stole the Vuelta a España title with great authority, so there could be a chance to bring together the strongest riders in the world right now in the upcoming Tour de France.
This call from the current Tour de France champion motivates Egan Bernal for everything to come and therefore he does not let his guard down in training now that he can return, as he said, to the “apocalypse”, it is that is, to long and intensive training sessions.
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Even a few hours ago, the zipaquirereño uploaded some videos to his social networks making a great ascent as a training, which shows that he is getting ready to reach the strongest for the following season, which could be starting at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.