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Egan Bernal is the youngest Tour de France champion within recent 110 years

Egan Bernal is the youngest Tour de France champion within recent 110 years

The 22-year-old driver Egan Bernal won the seventh Golden Final in the last 8 years for Ineos - formerly Sky.

Bernal's performance was slightly better than his teammate and last year's champion - Geraint Thomas - a minute and 11 seconds. Dutch driver Steven Kruijswijk came in third with a 31-minute gap compared to the leading position.

Caleb Ewan overcame Dylan Groenewegen and Niccolo Bonifazio to win the 21st stage, the final race ending at the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Bernal had no pressure at the end, he smiled and took the hand of his teammate Thomas as he crossed the finish line. "Thank you teammates and especially Geraint Thomas for giving me this opportunity. I'm the happiest person in the world right now. It's incredible to win the Tour de France," Bernal said.

In addition to Austria, Bernal also won the White Shirt for the best under 25-year-old driver. Slovakian Peter Sagan set a seventh record of winning the Green Shirt final. French driver Romain Bardet won the red polka dots for climbing king.

2019 Tour de France is considered one of the most dramatic seasons in many years. Thomas is better than Bernal in most of the time. However, on July 27, Bernal led the race when the 19th stage was destroyed by the snowstorm in the Alps. At that time, the Colombian racer was awarded the yellow jersey and Thomas was left behind a minute and 3 seconds behind. In fact, Bernal did not return to any race despite being the champion.

According to experts, Egan Bernal's victory contributed from the four-time champion Chris Froome who was unable to attend due to an accident before the tournament began. French fans hope to have the coroner racer when Froome is absent. However, Julian Alaphilippe, who kept the Golden Austria for 14 days, met an accident in the Alps and finished fifth.

Bernal is the fourth driver of Ineos, formerly Sky, winning the Tour de France in the last eight years. Bradley Wiggins won the championship in 2012, Froome won the Gold Shirt in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and Thomas won in 2018. Italian driver Vincenzo Nibali won in 2014 for the Astana team.