Egan Bernal to return to racing at Tour of Denmark after life-threatening crash | Cycling News


Following a horror coaching crash in January, Egan Bernal almost misplaced his life and stated he had a 95 per cent likelihood of changing into a paraplegic; Bernal was left with 20 totally different fractures together with in his backbone, femur and kneecap; competing at the Tour of Denmark marks a brave restoration

Last Updated: 15/08/22 2:24pm

Egan Bernal's return to racing marks a remarkable recovery following a horror crash

Egan Bernal’s return to racing marks a exceptional restoration following a horror crash

Former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal will make his return to racing at the Tour of Denmark on Tuesday, eight months after he suffered a life-threatening crash whereas coaching in Colombia.

Bernal was left with 20 totally different fractures, together with in his backbone, femur and kneecap, after hitting a stationary bus whereas using at 65 kilometres per hour (40mph) on his time trial bike in January.

He was thought of fortunate to have survived and docs initially warned there was a excessive chance Bernal may very well be paralysed consequently of his accidents, however he has made speedy progress since starting his rehabilitation.

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

“After what happened to me in January, this has been the moment I’ve been waiting for – to race with my teammates again,” Bernal stated.

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

“As is the help that I’ve acquired from my household, my girlfriend, the staff, Ineos in addition to my followers. As people we actually depend on one another in our instances of want, and this yr has been a time of want for me – I am unable to thank everybody who has been there for me sufficient.

“That support has been invaluable in motivating me every day to work hard to be able to race again. To you all, a heartfelt thank you.”

Ineos deputy staff principal Rod Ellingworth stated the race marked the subsequent stage of Bernal’s restoration, with a lot work nonetheless forward.

“When you think back to where Egan was only eight months ago it’s incredible the progress he has made,” he stated.

“He’s shown the world the true strength of his character, and demonstrated remarkable grit in returning to race-readiness. We’re still on a journey with Egan, but lining up at the Tour of Denmark is a significant and hard-earned milestone.”

Ineos had already introduced a seven-strong squad headlined by Geraint Thomas for the Danish race, however Bernal replaces Andrey Amador who has dropped out due to sickness.

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