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Two years after Colombian cyclist, Egan Bernal, invaded the Tour de France (2019), he is back on the covers of the national media and on the radar of the foreign press, because this weekend may add to the list of Giro d’Or Awards. Italy, in stages for Saturday and Sunday.
At the close of Friday, the Colombian cyclist who is a staple of Ineos continues to lead the overall ranking with 81 hours 13 minutes 37 seconds. With that number, he started the weekend in second place at 2:29 am.
So far, Bernal has won two stages of the gyro race, 9 and 16. It is the latter that has made him occupy a leading position in the general classification, as he overcame one of the toughest and most important races in the competition, “the Reina stage, where the Colombian showed an outstanding performance on the mountain.” He did so on solo vacation and 22 kilometers from the end, a measure that allowed him to benefit from more than 30 seconds. Egan Bernal thus becomes the fifth Colombian cyclist to win two stages in the same version of the Giro race.
“We are a lot of people here offering everything, and over the years we have seen that Colombia has a very good tradition in this sport, and it is good that cycling is a very big export value. All these achievements are from Colombians and from those of us who leave everything to the shirt in this Kind of tournaments “, via Bernal.
This athlete is a sample of the strength of Colombian cycling, when we see, for example, that the country is the ninth to win other stages of the Giro d’Italia. Exactly, the nation has conquered the 31 stages it won, a number it shares with the United Kingdom (Italy is the country in which it lost the most stages, with 1,275).
With all this, Bernal considered cycling to be another sport that is part of those main products of Colombia, given that its players are among the main platforms for these international tournaments.
The proof of the Colombian’s success is that, as often happens with these numbers, he crosses paths, since Bernal already has an influence on social networks with more than a million followers on platforms like Instagram; And the reach of, adding other platforms, to 1.5 million, is higher than that of characters with many years of tradition in that sport such as multi-champion Chris Fromm.
With this date, Egan drew the attention of the cycling federation, whose representative was the promotion of the sport, as well as brands such as Cerveza Andina, from Central Cervecera de Colombia, operating with the support of the Chilean company. Of Cervecerías Unidas and his appointment as Sports Ambassador. At that time, he also received this title for such luxury companies as Porsche. “The people here ride the pedals,” Al-Riyadi concluded. “We proudly carry the country’s flag, especially in these difficult times.”