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Bernal set to become first Colombian to win Tour de France after shortened stage

Egan Bernal got through the last day of competitive racing unscathed on Saturday.

22-year-old Egan Bernal in action alongside Geraint Thomas.
22-year-old Egan Bernal in action alongside Geraint Thomas.
Image: Christophe Ena

EGAN BERNAL IS set to become the first Colombian to win the Tour de France on Sunday, in a Team INEOS one-two after Julian Alaphilippe suffered during a shortened penultimate stage.

The 22-year-old took the yellow jersey from Alaphilippe in bizarre circumstances on Friday, when stage 19 was brought to a premature end in the Alps due to a hail storm and severe mudslides on the descent of the Col de l’Iseran.

Bernal started the last competitive day of racing - shortened to only 59.5 kilometres due to more concerns over the weather – with a 45-second lead over Frenchman Alaphilippe.

Alaphilippe cracked 13km from the finish on a brutal, long climb to the finish in Val Thorens, where Bernal got the job done in his first day in the yellow jersey and Vincenzo Nibali claimed a breakaway stage win.

His INEOS colleague Geraint Thomas, last year’s winner, took enough time out of Alaphilippe to ensure the team will take the top two steps on the podium.

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