Tour de France: Egan Bernal looking to minimise time losses before launching assault on yellow in third week

The Colombian says it's never good to lose time to GC rivals, but that he will aim to challenge Primož Roglič on the long climbs of the third week of the Tour

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Egan Bernal will look to minimise time losses to Primož Roglič and other GC rivals until the third week of the Tour de France, where he will launch his assault on the yellow jersey to defend his title.

"It was a really fast climb, really short and pointy in the final. It was also a good climb to see how the GC riders are, I'm really happy to arrive with them because it was really hard," said Bernal after finishing seventh on stage four at the same time as stage winner Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma). The Slovenian took 10 bonus seconds after crossing the line first and moved up to third in GC.

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