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Bernal lifts injury-hit Team INEOS with Tour de Suisse title

83rd Tour of Switzerland  - Stage 9

ULRICHEN, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 23: Egan Arley Bernal of Colombia and Team INEOS Yellow Leader Jersey / Mountains / Snow / during the 83rd Tour of Switzerland, Stage 9 a 101,5km stage from Ulrichen to Ulrichen / TDS / @tds / #tourdesuisse / on June 23, 2019 in Goms, Switzerland. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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ULRICHEN, Switzerland -- In a rough month for Team INEOS, Egan Bernal lifted the British squad with overall victory Sunday in the nine-day Tour de Suisse.

Bernal came to Switzerland to support team leader Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour de France champion, who crashed out in a nasty fall on Tuesday.

Thomas’ accident followed teammate and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome suffering season-ending injuries in a training crash in France.

Bernal is still slated to start the Tour de France on July 6 as Thomas’ top aide, though this confirmed race-winning potential after his Paris-Nice title in March.

The 22-year-old Colombian finished 19 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis overall after they finished Sunday’s stage together, 1 minute, 2 seconds behind Hugh Carthy’s solo breakaway on snow-lined roads.

Bernal was 3:04 clear overall of third-place Patrick Konrad.