Tour De France 2019: Dave Brailsford may have grinned his new Tour de France champion, Egan Bernal, and last year’s model, Geraint Thomas. Just six months ago, Brailsford was looking for a sponsor for his super team and struggled to keep his big names after Sky unexpectedly decided to end his relationship with cycling.
Many doubted whether Brailsford could retain his all-star team and that he could ever replace the sponsorship of large amounts that had led him to “buy” the success of the Tour, no less than six times between 2012 and 2018. There were also people who regarded it as damaged goods, as a result of Team Sky’s zero imperfect tolerance policy, the rigid investigation of Salbutamol into Chris Froome and the damn judgment of a committee. House of Commons Anti-Doping Special Committee.
Yet he has just completed a seventh round. Despite many criticisms, the loss of Chris Froome after an injury, the breath of the French, “Teflon Dave”, succeeded again. Brailsford’s ability to “go to the toilet and get out of the chocolate,” as manager Jonathan Vaughters said, brought it to a successful end with a new sponsor – Ineos – and a new Tour de France champion – fourth in his team since 2012 – to Bernal.
The 22-year-old Colombian triumph was sealed at high altitude in Val Thorens, after the cracking of Julian Alaphilippe and the efforts of the Jumbo-Visma team for a final attempt by Steven Kruijswijk to make his way through the podium. French.
Bernal remained unbelieving even when he was given the yellow jersey for the second day of racing. “I am really happy, but if we arrive at the hotel and I am alone, I may believe it.”
“This is our first tour, so you can imagine the reaction,” Bernal said when asked what it meant for his home country. “I think it’s really important to us. I’m very proud to be the first Colombian to win the Tour.
The last mountain stage, truncated and without two major climbs due to the persistence of extreme weather and landslides in the Alps, has in fact become a team time trial for the 2,365 ski area meters, while the end result amounted to a heavyweight fight between the best climbers
The Tour winner 2014, Vincenzo Nibali, is the only professional to have interrupted the Brailsford Tour dynasty. The Sicilian was the last aggressor of an important group who attacked at the start of the stage and crossed the final kilometers with the desperate desire to save an underperforming Tour with a stage win.
Simon Yates, Warren Barguil and Nairo Quintana’s short acceleration threaten to take the lead, but Nibali has made his first stage in the Tour since 2015. Behind him, Bernal, conscientiously led by Thomas, crosses the finish line, his right fist raised triumphantly, Welsh hit him on the back.
Alaphilippe’s hope of coming to the podium in Paris has certainly fallen 13 km from the race. Tiredness added to his height limits, he did not follow the pace imposed by the runners.
“It would have been hard for me to do better,” said Alaphilippe, who finished in fifth place. “I waited for every moment to” jump “and I held on tight. Without my team I would have ended 15 minutes behind everyone. It’s my mood to be like that, all or nothing.
A Colombian Tour champion is already far too late. The country’s first major impact on the European scene took place in the 1980s with mountain climbers such as Luis Herrera, Fabio Parra and Martín Ramírez. In recent years, the presence in Colombia was even stronger, with Nairo Quintana, winner of the Giro d’Italia 2014 and Vuelta a España 2016, who became second for Froome in the 2013 Tour.
Quintana and Rigoberto Urán, finalists of the Tour 2017 and second overall of the Giro in 2013 and 2014, both have the A-list status in Colombia. Uran’s return is such that when looking for a sponsor through Brailsford, the 32-year-old young man organized a meeting between his former team director and the president of his country.
Earlier this year Brailsford returned enthusiastically and enthusiastically about the possibilities of cycling in Latin America after his last visit to Colombia. Bernal’s victory opened a somewhat opened door that opened up new areas for bicycles, both commercial and sporty.