Wednesday, July 31, 2019


I think it's going to take me a few days to realize what I have done.  This is the first Tour de France for Colombia.  It's not just mine, but for everyone.  Our country deserves it.

I want to thank the entire team, and Geraint [Thomas] for his sportsmanship, and to the entire team that always supported me.  I am the happiest man in the world.  Long live France, and long live Colombia!

I want to get home and assimilate that I have won the Tour.  Right now it still doesn't seem real.

-- 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal, the first Colombian to win, VeloNews, 29 July 2019; Julian Alaphilippe wore the yellow jersey 14 days before a freak summer deluge sent a sea of hail, rain, and snow onto the heights of the French Alps, causing Stage 19 to be neutralized while Bernal led a solo breakaway; the time difference gave Bernal yellow with 2 stages remaining

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