Their sprinter Dylan Groenewegen was also involved in the horrifying crash which left Fabio Jakobsen in a coma and requiring plastic surgery to his face during a sprint at the end of the first stage of the Tour of Poland on Wednesday.
Bernal’s Ineos team-mates and fellow former Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Froome both lost time on Saturday, with the Welshman finishing over four minutes back on Roglic and Froome particularly struggling, losing 12 minutes.
Froome, 35, and Thomas worked as domestiques to support Bernal, 23, on Sunday’s stage to help fight for victory.
Froome, who will join Israel Start-Up Nation at the end of the season, finished nearly 10 minutes behind race winner Bernal at last week’s Route d’Occitanie.
It’s not looking good for Froome. What, in normal circumstances, would be mere warm-up races for the four-time Tour winner are, in the post lockdown sporting world, now a shoot-out with Bernal to see who goes to this year’s Tour.
The reason? Team Ineos will likely not want to take all three of their former Tour winners – Froome, reigning champion Bernal and 2018 winner Thomas – to avoid too complex a dynamic interrupting their metronomic progress up the climbs during cycling’s greatest race.
Bernal is in fine form, having won the first race and commanding a supporting role from Thomas during this race – setting an agenda for the Tour that Froome can only interrupt by beating Bernal in next week’s Dauphine.
And it was the Dauphine last year which started Froome’s troubles, when he had his horrifying crash and from which he is still trying to fight back to top form.