Egan Bernal returns eight months after career-threatening crash

Former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal will return to racing at the Tour of Denmark on Tuesday, eight months after the career-threatening crash he suffered while training in Colombia.

Bernal, 25, suffered 20 separate fractures, including spine, femur and kneecap, after hitting a stationary bus while riding his time trial bike at 40km/h in January.

He was considered lucky to have survived and doctors initially warned there was a high probability that Bernal was paralyzed from his injuries, but he has made rapid progress since his rehabilitation began.

Now Bernal, who won the 2019 Tour and the 2021 Giro d’Italia, is ready to return at the five-day Tour of Denmark, which starts in Allerod on Tuesday.

“After what happened to me in January, this was the moment I’ve been waiting for – to get back racing with my teammates,” said Bernal.

“I can’t stress enough how tough the last eight months have been for me physically and mentally. That day and the journey I’ve been on since then will forever be a part of me, it’s something you never forget.

“Just like the support I’ve received from my family, my girlfriend, the team, Ineos and my fans. As humans we really do rely on one another in times of need and this year has been a time of need for me – I can’t thank everyone enough for being there for me.

“This support has been invaluable as it motivates me every day to work hard to get back racing. Many thanks to all of you.”

Ineos deputy team boss Rod Ellingworth said the race is the next phase of Bernal’s recovery, with much work still to be done.

“If you think back to where Egan was just eight months ago, it’s amazing the progress he’s made,” he said.

“He has shown the world the true strength of his character and has shown remarkable determination in returning to race readiness. We are still with Egan, but competing in the Tour of Denmark is a significant and hard-earned milestone.”

Ineos had already announced a seven-man squad with Geraint Thomas headlining the Danish race, but Bernal replaces Andrey Amador, who is out due to illness.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cycling/egan-bernal-tour-of-denmark-2022-b2145360.html Egan Bernal returns eight months after career-threatening crash

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