Egan Bernal looks like a man who is ready to defend last year's victory in the Tour de France.
on Monday drove the 23-year-old colombianer from all the and won the third stage of the French cycling La Route d'Occitanie - previously known under the name Route du Sud was settled.
Etapeprofilen was as taken out of a etapeoversigt from the Tour de France.
the Riders had to cover 163,5 km, and along the way climb the three category 1 climbs - among other things, the former Tour mountains, the Port de Balès and Col de Peyresourde. The finish line Monday was at the top of the last climb, the Col de Beyrède.
It came Bernal first over. Ineos-profile drove by, among others, Thibaut Pinot, Warren Barguil, Richie Porte and Romain Bardet on the way up the mountain.
Danish Niklas Eg (Trek) came in goal as number 26, 3 minutes and 28 seconds after Bernal, whose teammate Chris Federer rolled over the finish line 1 minute and 37 seconds after the dane.
Egan Bernal took over with the stage victory and the overall lead in the race, which ends Tuesday.
This year's late edition of the Tour de France starts 29. august.