This is how Colombian Egan Bernal, champion of the Giro d'Italia 3:05, extended his legacy
Egan Arley Bernal, winner of the Tour de France in 2019 and the Giro d'Italia at the end of last May, greeted Pope Francis during a public meeting that took place this Wednesday at the Vatican.
The 24-year-old Colombian cyclist gave him, in the name of his country, a bicycle and his competition jersey.
The pontiff joked with the athlete by asking how many "reds", as a cup of coffee is called in Colombia, is taken before races.
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"I think it has been the most beautiful experience of my life," said Bernal about his meeting with the pope.
"I am a Catholic so this has been the greatest encounter with God so far."
Bernal assured that it was "a unique experience" to be able to speak with Pope Francis.
"I am a Catholic, I grew up in a Catholic family and being able to greet him made me so excited, so emotional," he said.
He also acknowledged that during the meeting he thanked God for "all the good things" that have happened to him in life.
In addition, he said: "I think that, finally, after the difficult year I had last year, to be back at a good level is to thank."
“I told him that it was an honor for me to be there and that on behalf of myself and all Colombians I wanted to give him a painted bicycle for him, and the pink jersey of the tour, on behalf of myself and all the Colombians that we need at this time. a blessing from him and then he blessed me and my girlfriend, ”he added.
The possibility of meeting with Pope Francis came to Bernal from the Colombian embassy to the Holy See.
He traveled to Italy accompanied by his girlfriend and his plans are to return to his country.
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