Even if they were at the exact same point of their careers - or, as exactly the same as possible, there can obviously only be one defending Tour Champion - it would still be different situations.Different point of their careers!
I am always skeptical about what riders and coaches say to the media.
I don't remember seeing Bernal Attacking...Pinot, yes, briefly, after losing so much time that he may have thought that he could be in a break and beat lesser riders for a stage win. As he stated, Tibo hurts too much to sustain efforts, and that's what happened: he was soon unable to follow the fast tempo. But he tried. And Bernal could have stayed in the race, done the same, probably with the same outcome. Both, I believe, didn't play games and try to get the media to influence their respective teams. Pinot said that he suffered day 2, 3, 4...17. Bernal may have first felt discomfort and it got worse and worse day after day, back injuries can do that.To clarify then. The only time Bernal attacked in the race after falling out of contention. Does that help jog your memory?
Care to have a stab at either question or shall I assume that you cant think of an answer and my point is valid?
I agree, but that's how it always goes. Hinault DNF in '80 with a knee injury, some called him soft and overrated. Weeks after his mythic LBL win...go figure...I think people are exaggerating Bernal's failure this year, especially when saying he'll hardly ever win a GT again.
He's 23, he * up this year, his team * up this year also (at least when it comes to the TDF). But there were uncommon circumstances, both internal (Portal's death mainly) and external (all the covid situation and its toll on riders).
I could be wrong, but I'd give him the rest of the season off as far as racing is concerned. Refresh, physically and mentally, and go again in 2021.In my opinion they will send him to the Vuelta with a high certainty. Why I say that. Because they need to find out and prove what went wrong with him. They might know by know, but the only way to prove it is to send him to the Vuelta and see his performance. There is no way that they will go to the 2021 year without making sure of what happened to him at the Tour.
Now it will be Carapaz, Egan and Froome. Yesterday in the Colombian media I was reading that Egan and Carapaz want to go to the Vuelta.