Reigning Giro d’Italia champion Egan Bernal is the most recent rider to pay tribute to Julian Gomez, a 13-year-old biking fan who was killed in a street site visitors collision in Colombia on the weekend.
Gomez made the information in 2019 when a picture circulated of him crying as Bernal grew to become the primary Colombian to win the Tour de France. Two weeks after the Crew Ineos rider’s victory in France, Bernal met with Gomez, and the video alternate went viral. Native artists additionally painted a mural to commemorate Bernal’s victory and included Gomez within the portray.
“It was thrilling to see him as a result of I trip a bicycle, too,” Gomez mentioned on the time. “I wish to be like him.”
Hoy lloramos por ti Julián, el verdadero Orgullo de mi patria🙏🏽. pic.twitter.com/ycyBquj2vV
— Egan Arley Bernal (@Eganbernal) July 19, 2021
The boy’s uncle, Guillermo Caicedo, informed reporters that Gomez was run over by a tractor-trailer whereas coaching along with his biking staff — which is run by Fabio Rodriguez, Bernal’s former coach — within the metropolis of Zipaquira, north of Bogotá, the place Bernal grew up.
Caicedo, who was using along with his nephew alongside the street, mentioned the car approached too shut and honked at them, inflicting Gomez to lose management earlier than sliding underneath the wheels.
Bernal paid tribute to his younger fan on social media, saying “In the present day we mourn for you Julian, the true satisfaction of my homeland.”
Rodriguez posted his condolences on social media and mentioned [translated from Spanish]: “In the present day you permit with out having the ability to fulfill your desires that you just had and you permit me with out anybody to trouble, solely 13 years outdated and a rattling muleteer takes your life, your early departure breaks my coronary heart, it solely stays for me to let you know that I miss you without end my pricey Julian.”
Crew Ineos teammate Daniel Martinez referred to as for drivers in his native nation Colombia to take all precautions round these using on busy roads. “Let’s all be very accountable,” Martinez mentioned.