Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal UPDATE On the 20th stage:

Egan Bernal successfully defends the yellow jersey. Emanuel Buchmann will be fourth in Paris and is downright euphoric about his success.

Egan Bernal flew into seventh cyclist heaven on the monster rise of Val Thorens and almost reached the goal of his dreams, Emanuel Buchmann crowned an outstanding Tour de France with the jump to fourth place:

At just 22 years old, the Colombian youngster Bernal got on In the last leg of the Alps, the first victory of a South American in the most important race in the world was made practically perfect, with the again-powerful Buchmann only missing 25 seconds to reach the podium.

"Fourth place is awesome, an absolute dream result," said Buchmann, who picked up shortly after the finish a peck of girlfriend Claudia: "Bernal has earned the tour victory, he was the strongest."

Nibali strongest on the mountain:

In the victory of Italian alto star Vincenzo Nibali in the shortened to 59.5 km final climb at 2365 m above sea level, Bernal drove 17 seconds behind in fourth place hand in hand with Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas the finish line, dangerous attacks he no longer had parry.

Bora captain Buchmann, who tried an attack shortly before the finish, followed a little later than Tagessiebter (+0: 23 minutes) and moved up in the overall standings before one rank.

Better than the 26-year-old Ravensburger cut from the German point of view on the tour only Jan Ullrich as the only winner (1997) and five-time second and Kurt Stöpel (1932) and Andreas Klöden (2004, 2006) also with second places.

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Bernal takes a good 3237.8 km 1:11 minutes ahead of Thomas on the remaining 128 km to Paris and can enjoy the last section to the Champs-Elysees with a glass of champagne - the yellow jersey is traditionally not attacked at the end. The Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-Vista / + 1: 31) will be on the podium as third.

Alaphilippe falls off the pedestal

The French crowd favourite Julian Alaphilippe, a total of 15 days in yellow and only displaced by Bernal on Friday in second place, was in his desperate battle for the podium no chance and fell even behind Buchmann in fifth place (+3: 45) back.

Also on the day after the spectacular demolition of the stage to Tignes on Friday, when Bernal's ride in the yellow jersey hail storm and a mudslide for a premature end before the mountain arrival had ensured, the forces of nature had the tour firmly under control.

Due to impassable roads, the planned 130 km were shortened to not even half. The main difficulty, the 33.4 km final climb to the highest ski resort in Europe, remained untouched - and was finally completed in the best weather.

On the short, topfebenen approach from the starting point Albertville to the foot of the rise controlled Bernal Ineos team quite high speed, the favourites still kept their feet still.

At the beginning of the climb, Kruijswijk's jumbo team first set the pace, a merciless elimination race began.

Bernal is the third youngest Tour winner of all time

As the first podium contender, Alaphilippe stretched the sails. The Frenchman fell back after a brave fight about 13 km from the finish.

Then the pace remained high, but none of the competitors was good enough to once again dangerous to Bernal and the strong Ineos team.

Bernal will be on Sunday at 22 years and 192 days the third youngest tour winner in history and the youngest in 110 years. Disciples were in grey cycling history only the Frenchman Henri Cornet 1904 (19 years, 352 days) and the Luxembourg Francois Faber 1909 (22 years, 187 days).

In addition, Bernal is the first driver to take the yellow jersey, the mountain jersey and the white jersey for the best young professional on a tour. The yellow-mountain combination succeeded Bernal as an only fifth driver after Gino Bartali, Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and Christopher Froome.


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