Tour de France winner Egan Bernal makes return after horrific crash


The previous Tour de France winner Egan Bernal will make his return to racing on the Tour of Denmark on Tuesday, eight months after the career-threatening crash whereas coaching in Colombia.

Bernal, 25, was left with 20 fractures, together with in his backbone, femur and kneecap, after hitting a stationary bus whereas driving at 40mph on his time trial bike in January.

He was thought-about fortunate to have survived and medical doctors initially warned there was a excessive chance he might be paralysed on account of his accidents, however he has made speedy progress since starting his rehabilitation.

“After what occurred to me in January this has been the second I’ve been ready for – to race with my teammates once more,” Bernal stated.

“I can’t emphasise sufficient how laborious the final eight months have been for me, each bodily and mentally. That day, and the journey that I’ve been on since will likely be part of me ceaselessly, it’s one thing you always remember.

“As is the help that I’ve obtained from my household, my girlfriend, the staff, Ineos, in addition to my followers. As people we actually depend on one another in our occasions of want, and this 12 months has been a time of want for me – I can’t thank everybody who has been there for me sufficient.”

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.

In the meantime, the three-time winner Primoz Roglic will race the ultimate Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a España, regardless of sustaining critical accidents final month within the Tour de France, his staff Jumbo-Visma introduced on Monday.

Primoz Roglic was injured in a fall on stage 5 and pulled out after stage 15 of the 2022 Tour de France {Photograph}: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Photographs

Roglic sustained a dislocated shoulder and a again damage when he crashed within the fifth stage of the Tour de France and deserted the race earlier than the fifteenth stage to concentrate on his restoration.

“We’re delighted that Primoz can begin within the Vuelta after his critical damage within the Tour de France,” Jumbo-Visma’s sports activities director, Merijn Zeeman, stated. “Logically, he didn’t have the most effective preparation, however we vastly respect him for the way he managed to prepare. We’ve got a very good and balanced staff initially that may optimally help Primoz in all areas.”

Roglic will launch a bid to develop into the primary rider to win the Vuelta a España 4 occasions in a row when it begins in Utrecht on 19 August.

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