The 22-year-old Staff Ineos rider completed in the primary peloton in a stage received by Caleb Ewan in a frantic dash end alongside the Champs Elysees, the third victory on the race for the Australian.
“That is the Tour, that is the Tour, there may be nothing extra vital than the Tour de France and I wish to take this jersey again to Colombia,” Bernal stated after finishing the grueling three,409 km three-week marathon in triumph.
It was an exhilarating conclusion to one of many closest races in latest Tour historical past, with Bernal’s victory doubtful till the penultimate stage within the Alps on Saturday.
He succeeds teammate Geraint Thomas, who completed second, one minute 11 seconds behind, as champion, breaking a run of 4 straight British wins in biking’s most well-known race.
Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) accomplished the rostrum, an additional 20 seconds adrift.
It was left to Romain Bardet to assert the comfort of the the Polka Dot Jersey for the mountain’s classification, switching his consideration to the secondary prize after seeing his hopes of general victory recede early within the race.
Peter Sagan of Slovakia wrapped up the inexperienced factors jersey for a report seventh time forward of the standard sprint for the road in Paris, which is famend as essentially the most prestigious for the fast-men of the peloton.
“It is such a surreal feeling, I can not consider I received this stage,” stated Ewan, who has dominated the sprints on the second half of the race, edging out Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen on the road.
Bernal, predicted by many to get pleasure from an extended reign of success within the Tour de France, stayed out of hassle throughout the ultimate laps round Paris to finish his victory, which has been greeted to a lot acclaim in Colombia the place biking is a nationwide ardour.
Others have come shut prior to now, however with the formidable Staff Ineos machine behind him, together with assist from Thomas on the essential concluding levels, Bernal was capable of fulfill his future and write his identify into the historical past books.
It was solely his second Grand Tour end, having taken 15th, supporting Thomas and Froome, in final 12 months’s Tour de France.
The person who was introduced up close to Bogota excessive within the Andes, was initially scheduled to experience within the Giro d’Italia, however a damaged collarbone he sustained in a race in Might noticed his attentions switched with such success to the 106th version of the Tour de France.