Egan Bernal: "It's the triumph of a whole country, not only mine"

July 27 th 2019 - 17:35

“We’re now close to making it official. There’s one stage left but, normallt, if every goes well, I can say that I’ve won my first Tour. The last climb has been very hard. Jumbo-Visma rode hard to make the podium. We were in a comfortable situation and I felt really well. I’m happy. I think I haven’t assimilated what has happened yet. It’s incredible to think that I have won my first Tour. I just want to get to the finish line in Paris tomorrow and after I’ll be calmer. Colombia is on the verge of winning its first Tour, I feel this is not only my triumph but the triumph of a whole country. We already had the Giro, La Vuelta, but the Tour was missing and it’s a great honour to think that I’m the one achieving this. My dad couldn’t talk at first but when he managed, he congratulated me. He was about to cry. For us, it’s a dream. We used to watch the Tour on TV and we thought it was something unreachable. As a kid, you think “how cool it would be to be there one day”, but it looked so far away. Here we are and I’m very emotional.”

Tour de France 2019 - 27/07/2019 - Etape 20 - Albertville / Val Thorens (59,5 km) - Egan BERNAL (TEAM INEOS) Avec le maillot Jaune
Tour de France 2019 - 27/07/2019 - Etape 20 - Albertville / Val Thorens (59,5 km) - Egan BERNAL (TEAM INEOS) Avec le maillot Jaune © A.S.O./Alex BROADWAY

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