Egan Bernal win the Tour de France
Egan Bernal win the Tour de France as the three-week race ended
with the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Elysees. At 22, Bernal is the
youngest Tour winner in the post-World War II era.
«I cannot believe it. It's just incredible. I am sorry. I have
no words,» Bernal said through a translator. «I still can't understand what is
happening to me.»
The Tour de France is an annual men's multiple stage
bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally passing through
nearby countries. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta
a España), it consists of 21 day-long stages over the course of 23 days. It has
been described as «the world’s most prestigious and most difficult bicycle
The 2019 Tour de France was the 106th edition of the Tour de
France, one of cycling's three Grand Tours. The 3,480 km (2,162 mi)-long race
consisted of 21 stages, starting on 6 July in Brussels, Belgium, and concluding
on 28 July with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris. The opening stages of the
Tour (known as the Grand Départ) were held in Brussels in honour of the 50th
anniversary of the first Tour de France win of Eddy Merckx. A total of 176
riders from 22 teams participated in the race.
With the race leader not challenged on the final stage,
22−year-old Bernal became the first Colombian winner. He crossed the line in
the peloton, hand-in-hand with his Ineos team-mate and last year's winner
Geraint Thomas, who finished second this time.
«Two years ago I had my arm in a sling with a broken collarbone
watching Chris Froome win, wishing I was riding and I would've taken second
then, but it just shows how time and expectations have moved on. Egan is the
future and when I'm 45 and old and fat and sat in the pub watching him win a
10th Tour de France I can say I told him all I know.
Thomas went into the three-week race as joint leader with
Bernal but his preparations had been disrupted when he crashed while travelling
at around 50mph in the Tour de Suisse in June.
He had to abandon that week-long race and then he had three
minor crashes during this year's Tour. Thomas led Bernal for much of the race
but his team-mate was stronger in the final week in the Alps, and ended up
winning by one minute 11 seconds, with Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk 20 seconds
further adrift in third. Bernal's victory is the seventh in eight years for a
British-based team, after Ineos took over the ownership of the Team Sky squad
earlier this year.
Bradley Wiggins became the first British winner of the race in
2012, with Chris Froome triumphing in 2013 and then claiming three in
succession from 2015 before Thomas took last year's title. Bernal is just the
third Colombian to win one of cycling's three Grand Tours. Nairo Quintana won
the 2014 Giro d'Italia and 2016 Vuelta a Espana, while Luis Herera won the
Vuelta in 1987.
28 Июля 2019