Tour de France podium
Amazing Tour de France 1-2-3 GC Podium!
fizik
07/29/2019

Team INEOS lead a fizik 1-2-3 with Egan, G and Team Jumbo-Visma’s Steven on the final podium!

It was another amazing performance from Team INEOS to continue their winning run, and was matched almost all the way by a concerted effort from Team Jumbo-Visma in a race that excited from start to finish and delivered the first three positions to fizik-riding athletes. While the final result was impossible to predict right up until the last stages, the fresh-faced Bernal eventually won the General Classification by 1:11 from his team-mate Geraint Thomas, with Kruijswijk 20 seconds back in third place.

 

 

In the 106th edition Bernal became the first Colombian ever to win cycling’s biggest race, and is the youngest ever rider to be presented with the maillot jaune in the French capital. His tears of joy and relief after Stage 20’s finish gave way to a broad grin of elation and pride: an image that will last another 100 years.

 

fizik podium at Tour the France

 

Going into the race as Team INEOS’ joint leader with last year’s Champion Geraint Thomas, it wasn’t until those final three Alpine stages that the leadership role was resolved. The younger rider, with his fizik Antares R1 saddle, took the lead position following a dominant performance on the Stage 19 course that was cut short due to extreme weather. From thereon G, in his Infinito R1 Knit shoes and riding a Arione R1 saddle, assumed a support role, shepherding his team-mate into Paris before they rode hand-in-hand together across the line.

Bernal also won the White Jersey for best young rider and came second in the Mountains competition.

 

Geraint Thomas at Tour the France

 

“I think today I’m the happiest guy in the world. I have just won the Tour de France.”

 

Team Jumbo-Visma had a magnificent race, culminating in a first Grand Tour podium for Kruijswijk. The Antares 00-riding Dutchman was modest in his explanation of the team’s extraordinary effort to deliver him to the General Classification podium, and more besides:

 

“We came in with a lot of goals, with the sprint part of the team, and then the TTT, and we’re still capable of being there in the mountains it shows that we’re capable of fighting for the Grand Tours.

Steven at Tour de France

 

While the Team Time Trial set up the strong position that could be carried through to the GC success, it was a concerted effort from Kruijswijk and the rest of the riders throughout the three weeks that delivered the podium. With the GC standings being confirmed on the slopes into Val Thorens on Saturday’s shortened Stage 20, the fight continued right to the glittering finalé as the Sunday sun was setting in Paris.

But the 2019 Tour belonged to the proud final podium athletes with that amazing  fizik 1-2-3: Team INEOS’ Antares R1-riding Egan Bernal for his first Grand Tour win, his super-domestique team-mate G on Arione R1 coming so close to repeating last year’s victory and Team Jumbo-Visma’s Antares 00-riding Steven Kruijswijk for his long anticipated first Grand Tour podium. Bravo to all three, and thanks for the superb entertainment!