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Get this: he’s younger than the tour’s greatest champions — five-time winners jacques anquetil, eddy merckx, bernard hinault and miguel indurain — all were when they were first crowned. Pity those in the peloton who also hope to win rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar future editions of cycling’s greatest race: they could be in for quite a wait.

The slightly built colombian with a killer instinct on the rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar road proved to be the strongest of the 176 strong rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar men who roared off from the start in brussels, belgium, on july 6 on their 3,366-kilometre (2,092-mile) odyssey that delivered the most absorbing, drama-packed tour in decades and confirmation that the prodigy bernal rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar is the real deal.

Riding a yellow bike, and cheered by colombian fans who were partying even before rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar he rattled up the cobblestones of the champs-elysees, bernal crossed the line with his teammate geraint thomas, the 2018 champion who this year finished second. Steven kruijswijk completed what tour organizers said was the tightest rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar podium in the 116-year history of the race, with just 1 minute, 31 seconds separating first and third places after three weeks rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar of racing.

The 21st and final stage was won in a sprint rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar finish on the famous avenue by australian caleb ewan, the dominant sprinter of his first tour with three stage rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar wins. Keeping with race tradition on its final day, the 155 riders who survived the tour rode at a rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar pedestrian pace and in a joyful atmosphere before hitting the rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar champs-elysees. Bernal chatted with french rival julian alaphilippe and raised a rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar glass of champagne as he rode.

First, their hearts soared with fabulous racing from french riders alaphilippe, who held the iconic yellow jersey for 14 days, and thibaut pinot, who won on the first of seven 2,000-meter-plus (6,500-feet) peaks scaled by the highest tour in history.

But joy turned to sorrow when alaphilippe and pinot’s prospects of becoming france’s first winner since hinault in 1985 were cruelly dashed rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar just two days before the grand finale in paris, on an epic stage 19 where mother nature became a rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar party-pooping guest. An almighty dump of torrential rain and hail severed the rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar tour route just as bernal was succeeding in ripping the rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar race lead off alaphilippe, who’d clung to it like a kid with a favourite rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar toy.

Alaphilippe, more than anyone, first ignited and then stoked what will long be remembered rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar as a tour of fireworks . With his goatee beard and can’t-catch-me attacks that rivals couldn’t match, alaphilippe embodied “panache ,” the old-school class so cherished by tour fans.

And that was that. The tour that had been careening to a rock ‘n’ roll finish instead had the plug pulled on it. Landslides also truncated the last alpine stage 20, which still proved too long for the by-now exhausted alaphilippe, who slipped off the podium entirely, despite getting words of encouragement in a call the previous rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar night from french president emmanuel macron.

Thomas used the last alpine climb to secure the runner-up spot in paris, giving the ineos team a podium 1-2 with bernal. Third-placed kruijswijk, a dutch mr. Steady, pulled off the feat of being wholly unremarkable during the rotoescoliosis dorsolumbar three weeks, while alaphilippe, pinot and bernal and others rocked.