Team Sky have confirmed that Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas will focus their 2019 seasons around the Tour de France, with Egan Bernal set to lead his first Grand Tour at the Giro d’Italia.

Bernal, 21, is excited about tackling the Giro for the first time – a race close to his heart. He said: “The Giro is a race that I really, really like. I lived in Italy for three years, so I have a lot of friends there and I really like the Italian fans. I know the roads, I reallylike the Giro, and I want to do a good race there.”

Bernal made his Grand Tour debut at the Tour de France last year where he helped Geraint Thomas to overall victory and finished 15th overall.

Last season he also won the Tour of California and Colombia Oro y Paz overall in addition to winning the youth classification at the Tour de Romandie and Tour Down Under.

And the Colombian will start his season on home soil, as defending champion at the Tour Colombia.

“I’m really excited to do the Tour Colombia. It will be the first race with Froomey there so we want to do it well! It’s at home and I want to do a good race for the fans, for my family, and for Colombia. It’s incredible how the fans support us and it’s right at home. It will be good.”


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