Egan Bernal meets Pope Francis: 'It's the most beautiful experience in my life'

The Giro d'Italia winner joins Peter Sagan in gifting the Pope a bike

Egan Bernal meets Pope Francis
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Just a few days after leaving isolation due to a positive Covid-19 infection, Egan Bernal has celebrated his freedom by meeting the Pope.

The recent winner of the Giro d’Italia met the head of the Catholic church in the Vatican City on Wednesday morning, gifting Pope Francis with a pink jersey and a Pinarello bike decked in the colours of Argentina, the pontiff’s country of birth.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.


Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.


He lives in Valencia, Spain.