The fans have been pretty great, too, and this might the most passionate of them all a bespectacled little girl sitting on (presumably) her father’s shoulders, cheering the riders roadside on stage 20.
Elsewhere, back on stage 18, the then race leader Julian Alaphilippe of the Deceuninck-Quick Step team reportedly had relatives visiting him postrace, and he gave his leader’s yellow-jersey jacket to a shivering young boy.
On stage 15, three-time world road champ Peter Sagan of the Bora-Hansgrohe team gave a fan his autograph midrace.
The three-week Tour ends Sunday in Paris on the Champs-lyses. Bernal is expected to cross the finish line as the youngest-ever winner of the race at age 22.