Egan Bernal stated he’s “the happiest man in the world” after he was topped the primary Colombian Tour de France champion.
Bernal made historical past on a wonderful Sunday night in Paris, changing into the youngest rider to win the Tour for 110 years on the age of 22.
The Group INEOS rider was congratulated by defending champion and colleague Geraint Thomas as they crossed the road to seal a one-two on the Champs-Elysees, the place Caleb Ewan sprinted to a final-stage victory.
Bernal is the third-youngest to win essentially the most prestigious Grand Tour race and embraced his household in emotional scenes earlier than taking to the highest step of the rostrum, watched on by ecstatic Colombians within the French capital.
“I think I should say thank you to all my team, thank you G [Thomas] for the opportunity and all the team for the support and belief in me,” stated Bernal, who gave an acceptance speech in English, French, Spanish and Italian.
“Today I am the happiest man in the world, I just won the Tour de France and I cannot believe it.”
Bernal acknowledged earlier than taking the rostrum: “It is unimaginable. I do not know what to say. I’ve gained the Tour, however I do not consider it. I want a few days to assimilate all this. It is for my household, and I simply need to hug them.
“It is a feeling of happiness that I do not know how you can describe. That is the primary Tour for us Colombians. Many Colombians have tried earlier than; we have had nice cyclists up to now.
“But I’m the first one to win the Tour. Colombia deserves it.”