'When I said in 2016 Egan Bernal would one day win the Tour everyone looked at me like a madman' says former manager

Gianni Savio opens up on the attributes that first made the young Colombian catch his eye

Egan Bernal at Il Lombardia (Marco Alpozzi/Lapresse/Zuma Press/PA Images)

(Image credit: Zuma Press/PA Images)

Egan Bernal's manager from his first European cycling team says "people looked at him like a madman" when he proclaimed in 2016 the Colombian would one day with the Tour de France.

In an eye-opening interview with Spanish newspaper AS, Gianni Savio, manager of ProTeam outfit Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec, has revealed how he came to sign Egan Bernal in 2016 and what it was about the climber that initially caught his eye.

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