Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Bernal has ended his Tour de France defence with a withdrawal earlier than stage 17.
The Colombian, 23, misplaced greater than seven minutes to chief Primoz Roglic on Sunday’s Grand Colombier climb.
After Tuesday’s stage 16, Bernal was sixteenth within the normal classification, simply over 19 minutes off the lead.
“That is clearly not how I wished my Tour de France to finish, however I agree that it’s the proper choice for me within the circumstances,” he stated in an announcement.
Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz is Ineos’ highest-ranked rider within the GC standings in 14th, 17 minutes and 23 seconds behind Roglic.
Group principal Sir Dave Brailsford stated: “We have now taken this choice with Egan’s greatest pursuits at coronary heart.
“Egan is a real champion who likes to race, however he’s additionally a younger rider, with many Excursions forward of him and at this level, on stability, we really feel it’s wiser for him to cease racing.”
The group has offered seven of the final eight Tour winners, together with British trio Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.