Bernal meets Pope Francis

16 Jun 2021

Bernal meets Pope Francis

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At 8am on Wednesday 16th June, Egan Bernal met with Pope Francis, at the Vatican in Rome.

The meeting was organised by the Colombian Embassy as a way of celebrating Bernal’s recent win of the Giro d’Italia, where he held the leader’s jersey for a total of 12 stages, after taking the race lead with an impressive win on stage nine. He led the race for the subsequent 12 stages, completing the race with the final time-trial in Milan. Bernal’s victory at the Giro d’Italia marked the INEOS Grenadiers’ twelfth Grand Tour win. 

To show his gratitude to Pope Francis, and following customary protocol of offering a gift, Bernal takes his Maglia Rosa and a custom painted Pinarello Dogma F12 bike as a symbolic gesture to the man who is head of the Catholic church.      

Here is what Bernal had to say regarding his meeting with Pope Francis: "It fills my heart with so much happiness to be able to meet Pope Francis in person, because I grew up in a catholic family. For me he is of the highest authority in religion and to receive his blessing is so rewarding. 

"I hope his blessing not only touches me, but to all those who need it. As is customary, everyone who meets the Pope offers a gift, mine to him will be the Maglia Rosa and a Pinarello bicycle, which has been custom painted for him by Fausto Pinarello. A symbolic gesture of what we do as cyclists and as a team."
Photos: Vatican Media

Photos: Vatican Media