Tears run down the face of a boy watching on a giant screen Colombia's Egan Bernal performance in the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race Bernal's hometown in Zipaquira, Colombia, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Bernal put on the overall leader's yellow jersey after the stage, and barring a crash or a last-minute health issue will become the first Colombian to win the cycling's biggest race when the Tour ends on Paris' Champs-Elysees on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)(AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

Colombian cycling 'beetles' chase Tour leader Bernal's dream

July 27, 2019 - 4:05 pm

ZIPAQUIRA, Colombia (AP) — Tomás Moreno sneaks a quick glance over his shoulder before speeding across the white finish line and throwing his hands in the air. It's the 8-year-old's first ever cycling win but he's already looking to follow in the path blazed by Egan Bernal, who hauled himself up from a modest upbringing in this Andean town outside Colombia's capital to the pinnacle of competitive cycling.

"I want to go to the Tour de France and do everything I can to win," says Moreno.

He's not the only Colombian child dreaming big these days with Bernal poised to win the Tour de France.

A few blocks away, young cyclists pack Zipaquira's plaza to watch on a giant screen their town's favorite son defend the yellow jersey.


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