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Team Ineos turn yellow for Tour de France finale, Colombian fans do likewise to the Champs-Elysées

Egan Bernal’s bike, plus Team Ineos kits and vehicles celebrate historic victory

For the seventh time in eight years, Team Ineos are heading into Paris with the winner of the Tour de France – and as happened on the six previous occasions when it was known as Team Sky, it is marking the overall victory with a special paint scheme on the champion’s bike, as well as custom kit for his team mates and custom wraps on the team vehicles.

First off, here’s the Pinarello the 22-year-old is riding on the way from Rambouillet to the Champs-Elysées circuit this evening.

Matching bidons, too.

Bernal is in the iconic yellow jersey, of course, but his team-mates – including outgoing champion Geraint Thomas, who is second overall – have accents of the colour on their kits today.

Here are the team vehicles.

Besides the yellow jersey, Bernal also takes the white jersey as best young rider in this 106th edition of the race.

It’s not just the Team Ineos riders and their kits turning yellow in Paris this evening, either – thousands upon thousands of Colombian fans, many based in Europe, others making the trip specially from Latin America for the biggest moment in the country’s sporting history, have done likewise to the start in Rambouillet and in Paris on the Champs-Elysées, the majority dressed in the shirts of the country’s national football team.

meanwhile, here’s the scene back in Bernal’s home city – to borrow a phrase from the late, great rugby commentator Bill McLaren, “They’ll be dancing on the streets of Zipaquira tonight.”

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Dingaling | 4 years ago
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I watched the whole race and towards the end was waiting for GT to attack and TRY to win. When he rolled down Iseran in a group it just looked like somebody had told him to stay back instead of going head to head with EB. I just got the impression he was never supposed to win (team orders?) so probably no yellow bike tucked away.

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bobbinogs replied to Dingaling | 4 years ago
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Dingaling wrote:

I watched the whole race and towards the end was waiting for GT to attack and TRY to win. When he rolled down Iseran in a group it just looked like somebody had told him to stay back instead of going head to head with EB...

err, not quite in my eyes.  He had Bernal up the road so it did not make sense for G to attack behind unless he could do such a blistering attack that no one could follow his wheel.  His form suggested that he was unlikely to launch such a move so it made a lot more sense for him to use Bernal as the perfect foil, forcing others to chase so that G could sit on their wheel until the final climb and then wind it up himself if/when they cracked.  Up until the stage was cancelled it looked to be going perfectly as g was sitting and getting a tow up to the final climb.  In hindsight, team tactics appear to have been perfect...kind of hard to argue about a team that finshed 1 and 2 on the podium.  Which rider was 1 and 2 came out on the road.

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ktache | 4 years ago
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I was wondering if there might be a yellow bike for G, sitting in a box somewhere.  Never to be used...

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RobD replied to ktache | 4 years ago
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ktache wrote:

I was wondering if there might be a yellow bike for G, sitting in a box somewhere.  Never to be used...

I always wonder this, just how much yellow themed equipment is there sitting in team storage never to see the light of day, just on the off chance that a rider might get some days in yellow, or be on for the win. Not to mention all the hideous polka dot kit and bikes. At least any team that Sagan rides for must be pretty certain they're going to need plenty of green stuff

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bobbypuk | 4 years ago
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Those yellow bands on the team kit are nasty. No class shown there.

Seems the graphic designers belonged to Sky rather than the team.

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