Alberto Contador says Egan Bernal is ‘clear favourite’ for the Tour de France

The multiple Grand Tour winner says the 2019 Tour will be the most open edition in years

(Jean Catuffe/Tim de Waele/Getty)

Alberto Contador has backed Egan Bernal (Ineos) to win the 2019 Tour de France saying the young Colombian is the "clear favourite" to be in yellow on the Champs-Élysées after three weeks of racing.

The Spaniard has said this year's Tour will be the most open race in years, with three of last year's top four not taking the start line in Brussels on July 6, and added this could cause a changing of the guard in terms of the riders who will go on to contest future Grand Tours.

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