Columbia tale and the drama of d’artagnan Bernal won the Tour de France

It is difficult to say what flags Sunday, 28 July, on the Champs Elysees was more French or Colombian. There gathered a huge number of Hispanic fans. No joke, their compatriot for the first time in history won the Tour de France, but still became the youngest winner of the race for the last 84 years — he is only 22.

In order for the winner of the Tour de France 2019 Egan Bernal was able to move freely after the ceremony, it took the intervention of security. Tall men Polo took athlete in a small ring and accompanied throughout the entire session of communication with the press. By the end of the conversation with journalists, a small group of fans somehow managed to get through the barricades and chanting “EGI — the champion!” went to the hero of the day. The guards had to organize another cordon around available below Bernal (INEOS) was able to leave the mixed zone.

  • The participants of the Big loop ride towards the Champs Elysees at Rue de Rivoli
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  • The podium of the Tour de France to 2019: Egan Bernal became the first Colombian, who won the race
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  • Colombian fans waiting for the finish.
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  • The winner of the final stage of the Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).
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  • Riders passing through the Louvre pyramid
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  • The winner of the sprint classification, Peter Sagan
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  • Top 3 General classification. From left to right: Geraint Thomas Egan Bernal, Steven Kruiswijk
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For Colombians, the victory Egan Bernal in Big loop — the event on a planetary scale. “This victory was a surprise. We already have a Nair Quintana, who has extensive experience of participation in the Tour. Bernal is very young. In the top 10 of the race — the three Colombian, so I think in the future we will win more often. In us — people from Latin America — really is the fire, the dance, the tradition of communication with the young. Frankly, I myself don’t understand how it turned out that in Paris, so a lot of Colombians, but now here I feel the real heat, we are a family. And it’s great!” sharing his emotions Colombian Esteban.

Satisfied and fans from Slovakia, because the winner of the sprint classification of the race was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). He’s setting a new record — his seventh green Jersey of the Tour de France. After the presentation of the trophy he gave a few comments and quickly left the Champs-elysées.

Mountains classification was headed by the Frenchman Romain bardet (AG2R). After the ceremony he was also surrounded by fans. He gladly took pictures with them, signing autographs. In the crowd he was faced with Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team, won this Round of the best. The Champions shook hands and congratulated with the completion of the Grand tour.

Tour de France-2019 was really exciting for the French Cycling fans. First, the final table of the 15 strongest included five athletes from France: Julien Alaphilippe, the Warren Bargil, Guillaume Martin, David Gouda and Romain bardet. The last time so tight at the top of the rating of the French was located in 2011.

Special holiday fans gave Julien Alaphilippe (Deceunnick — Quickstep), long time leader in the General classification. The turning point for him was held on Friday, July 26, 19-th stage of Saint-Jean-de-Morgen — ting. In the course of this mountain stage interfered with the main organizer — the weather: due to landslides and hail, it was decided to reduce the distance of approximately 26 km, and for the reporting boundary for the General classification to take the top of Iseran. First it overcame Egan Bernal, and leading at the time Alfilip behind by 2 minutes and 7 seconds. In the end, the Colombian won the French yellow Jersey. The next day almost all mass media had portraits Alaphilippe and Bernal on the front pages and headlines that played up at the same time and heavy weather conditions of the stage, and the shock of the French fans: “Cold souls”, “Dead”, “in the Name of Zeus”… Some fans in the Elysian fields couldn’t keep the disappointment from the fact that he has failed to keep the yellow Jersey: “I’m a little disappointed that the French this year did not win. When you truly love France, I always feel proud to see a Frenchman at the finish line. I believed in the victory, came from La Rochelle, to see how the French will win in Paris. This is a very long time was not and again did not work, very sorry. But that’s okay! Next time we’ll be on the podium”.

The 19th stage of the Tour de France in General is gaining a reputation as fateful: the competition cut under this number was not a winner not only this year, but in 1995 and 1998. In 1995 it was decided to honor the best in tribute of the deceased at Round Italian racer Fabio Casartelli, and in 1998 the riders boycotted the stage to Express disagreement with the detention of three athletes of the team TVM in the high-profile doping case Festina.

But back in our day. In the end Alaphilippe got Mike as the most aggressive rider of the Tour de France, and in the General classification, he found himself in fifth position. After the ceremony, the athlete descended to the podium to hug his father, and then almost immediately left the Champs-elysées. Alfilip gave the audience a miracle that they had not seen for several decades. They thanked him national love and the nickname d’artagnan. And if Alfilip — d’artagnan, the role of Athos is perfectly suited to another French athlete — Thibault Pinot. He won the toughest stage on the climb of the Tourmalet and was clearly determined to show an impressive result, however, was forced to abandon the race due to rupture of the muscles of the thigh. The press started to talk about “the curse of the Pinot,” as it is not the first gathering of the athlete with a loop: he also stopped participation in 2013, 2016 and 2017. However, the fans look at the prospects of French athletes optimistic: “the French are very well made, it was impressive. They gave us hope. We have seen how until the very end fought Julien. Pinot was just unlucky. Following the Tour de France will start in nice. If we don’t win it, then in one of the next Rounds will win definitely”.

But what for some dramatic story, for others a beginning of a fairy tale. In all the interviews Egan Bernal says that still does not realize that he was the winner of the Tour de France. But it quickly realized the winner of the Big loop last year, comrade Bernal on the team the Welshman Geraint Thomas. In comments to the newspaper L’equipe, the newly minted winner of the yellow Jersey noted that when after the 19th stage they together with Thomas rode in the car, he said, “Egan, you’re yellow, and you will win!”. Geraint Thomas this year became the second in the General classification, the third in the ranking was Dutchman Steven Kruiswijk (Jumba-Visma).

Manager INEOS Dave Brailsford, in turn, notedthat the rise Iseran Bernal reminded him of another successful rider of their team, Chris froome, due to injuries, leaking a Large loop: “In Egan was that day on a mission to win the Tour. It was like froome during the Colle delle Finestra at last year’s Giro d’italia: it is not enough it would become second or third, he wanted to win the stage.” As it turned out, after winning the stage and to victory in the Cycling race is not so far.

Finally, the final stage of the Tour de France 2019 Sunday ended with a beautiful victory sprint Australian Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). In 2011 this athlete once promised to finish first on the Champs Elysees. It was his third victory on the stages of the Big loop. Perhaps Evan, his style reminiscent of sprint star Mark Cavendish, will be the main rival Peter Sagan in the fight for the green Jersey next edition of the Tour de France.
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