Bred at altitude, Egan Bernal lifts Colombian cycling to new heights
Tour de France winner’s story a genuine rags to riches tale
Zipaquirá — Egan Bernal grew up at altitude and won the Tour de France on the highest slopes, but learnt to ride in the foggy forests around his home town.
Bernal was born in Bogota and grew up 42km north in Zipaquira, a mining and agricultural town, which sits at an elevation of 2,650m in a valley surrounded by mountains. His father was a watchman and his mother graded cut flowers for export...