Bernal hitches a ride with Froome after mechanical in Catalunya stage 5

A late mechanical forces Egan Bernal to walk home to the finish line. Afterward, he gets a little lift from his teammate Chris Froome.

Team Sky has made it clear that Egan Bernal is the protected rider at Volta a Catalunya this week, supporting him in the decisive mountain stages.

And on Friday, Chris Froome proved even further that he’s taking his super-domestique role very seriously, giving Bernal a ride back to the bus on the tops of his handlebars, to the amusement of fans and fellow riders.

Sky’s Colombian leader Bernal had suffered a mechanical in the hectic final kilometers of racing in stage 5.

Bernal was left behind by the peloton in the final kilometer of stage 5, which was won by Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Fortunately for Bernal and Team Sky, since the mechanical happened within the last three kilometers, by rule, he didn’t lose any time in the overall. But he did have to walk to the finish with his broken bike.

After the eventful finish to stage 3, Bernal remained third overall, 17 seconds behind leader and stage 4 winner Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

Bernal will hope for smoother sailing in the final two days of racing in Spain, especially the final stage around Barcelona, which features a hilly circuit that may decide the overall race.