Bernal nears a big first for Colombia
Perpetuating the tradition of great Colombian climbers, Egan Bernal left his mark on the Tour de France in the mountains. But unlike his flashy predecessors, he is also poised to win cycling's biggest race. At just 22.
Bernal kept the yellow jersey Saturday after the last Alpine stage, and barring a crash or a lastminute health issue he will become the first Colombian to win the Tour when it ends on Paris' Champs-Elysees with a largely processional stage on Sunday. Bernal will also become the youngest post-World War II winner of the Tour.
“Colombia always had great climbers,” Bernal said. “We won the Giro, the Vuelta, but it never happened before on the Tour. For many years we had great cyclists, we never managed to win. It did not work out on the Tour de France. Now we have it.”
Britain’s Geraint Thomas, right, congratulates Colombia’s Egan Bernal as they cross the finish line of Saturday’s 20th stage of the Tour de France in Val Thorens.