Dressed in the winner’s yellow jersey top, Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal stepped to the podium at the Champs-Elysees, cheered on by a crowd for his victory at the first segment of 2019’s Tour de France, the most noteworthy honor in the sport. The bright yellow color has become synonymous with the event, and is bestowed to the fastest of 176 contenders. But this isn’t the only emblem of distinction: the glass trophy is also lauded for its ability to attract attention, capturing the sense of victory that is duly given for such a momentous and taxing race.
Since 2011, the trophy has been configured by Slovakian designer Peter Olah and produced by Lasvit, a Czech glass making company that collaborates with artists and creatives to produce hand-blown works that are both inventive and timeless. Indeed, this ethos applies to the scheme of the glass chalice that is awarded to the Tour de France champion. Egan and the three other winners of each leg of the race will receive these unique designs.