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Gallery: Egan Bernal's Tour de France winning Pinarello Dogma F12

28 Aug 2019

A 22-year-old Colombian became a nation's hero this summer and got a yellow bike for his troubles, too

Words: Joe Robinson Photography: Peter Stuart

Even Grammy-award winning superstar Shakira took time out of her busy schedule to congratulate Egan Bernal, such was the magnitude of what he achieved in France this July.

The 22-year-old became the first Colombian to ever win the yellow jersey of the Tour de France and in doing so captured a nation's heart.

Bernal did something we all knew would happen eventually. Ever since the early days of Fabio Parra and ‘Lucho’ Herrera or even with ‘Cochise’ Rodriquez before that, there was an air of inevitability that a Colombian would conquer the Tour.

Each rider that came along chipped away at the path and some came within touching distance of making it a reality but eventually fell short, usually to a gangly African-born Brit called Chris Froome.

Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Uran, they both got so close but it was eventually a 22-year-old from the small city Zipaquirá, just northeast of Bogota, riding for the world’s most wealthy and powerful cycling team that made history.

Bernal became more than a national hero in winning the Tour. His reception was beyond what an athlete is usually afforded because Bernal’s actions were more than what an athlete usually achieves.

Cycling is Colombia's biggest sport and Bernal was the first to bring home its biggest prize. Pilots saluted him, kids wept over the sight of him, artists painted murals of him on buildings.

Bernal is in a unique position that’s comparable to very few sportsmen or women in history in that he is probably now bigger than the sport he represents in his own country. And as its highly likely that this is only the first of many Tour de France victories, we expect this to continue.

In the meantime, why don't we just enjoy this Cyclist gallery of Bernal's special edition Tour de France Pinarello Dogma F12?