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Tour de France 2019: Egan Bernal becomes first Colombian to win yellow jersey; Ewan takes final stage

Bernal makes Colombian history as Ewan takes impressive win on Champs-Elysees

Joe Robinson
28 Jul 2019

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) safely crossed the Champs-Elysees finish line to make history and become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) completed a hat-trick of stage wins in Paris.

The 22-year-old secured the first yellow jersey for South America after a dominant display in a weather-effected Alps that saw him snatch the race lead from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on Stage 19 before guiding it to the finish.

Bernal stood on the race's final podium joined by Team Ineos teammate and defending champion Geraint Thomas and Jumbo-Visma's Steven Kruiswijk who took second and third respectively.

As for the final stage on the Champs-Elysees, Ewan launched an incredible sprint in a messy finale beating Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) to the win.

The Australian closed a sizeable gap in the final 100 metres to Bonifazio to take a maiden win on the Champs-Elysees in the 25-year-old's debut Tour de France.

Housekeeping before Paris

With the last day of the Tour de France being largely processional, a race report of how the race unfolded, blow-by-blow, would be largely quite pointless. Instead, here's a breakdown of who won what over the last three weeks.

Egan Bernal becomes the first Colombian to win the Tour de France. A matter of when rather than if, he usurps the likes of Nairo Quintana and Rigoberto Uran, both of whom have finished second at the race, to be the first winner from a nation truly obsessed with cycling.

He also becomes the youngest winner of the Tour in a century at 22 years and 195 days. Only Henri Cornet (1904) and Francois Faber (1909) were younger than Bernal in victory. 22-years-old, just let that sink in.

It also means Bernal joins Laurent Fignon, Jan Ullrich, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck to leave the Tour with both the yellow jersey of overall winner and the white jersey of best young rider under 25.

It also signals the seventh victory in eight years for Team Ineos (nee Sky) at the Tour. Their fourth different winner and their first non-British victor.

Thomas swaps first for second as he completes yet another Tour 1-2 for Team Ineos. Kruijswijk completes the podium, finishing third in what was an impressive, under-the-radar performance from the Dutchman.

The green jersey was always a foregone conclusion as Bora-Hansgrohe's Peter Sagan took a seventh points jersey in eight years. He took the jersey on Stage 3 and never looked like losing it all the way to Paris.

Romain Bardet salvaged a disappointing tilt at the General Classification by taking the polka dot mountains jersey after an aggressive final week in the Alps. 

After an approach to racing that could have passed for a late night Channel 4 sitcom, Movistar secured yet another team classification. Chasing down its own riders despite making huge inroads on GC, guiding three riders into the top 10 without troubling yellow. Never change, Movistar.

Jumbo-Visma and Mitchelton-Scott and Lotto-Soudal all took four stage wins as Deceuninck-Quickstep took three, Bahrain-Merida took two and Movistar, Groupama-FDJ and Bora-Hansgrohe all took one. 

Finally, justice prevailed as Alaphilippe was given the chance to stand on the podium in Paris.

Alaphilippe was the rider of the 2019 Tour, the people's champion. The rider who lit the touchpaper on Stage 3 into Epernay and did not stop burning until Stage 19 to Tignes.

The 27-year-old from the very heart of France has inspired a nation to believe they can win the yellow jersey again, to love cycling again.

For that, Alaphilippe takes home two stage wins and the award as the rider's most aggressive rider and a chance to take the podium on the Champs-Elysees to receive one final cheer of this year's Tour.