June 20, 2024

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Drama for Egan Bernal: Broken knee and femur after hitting a bus during training

Drama for Egan Bernal: Broken knee and femur after hitting a bus during training

Egan Bernal (25) was involved in a serious crash on Monday during training in Colombia. The winner of last year’s Tour of Italy was immediately taken to hospital. Investigations showed that the Colombian climber had suffered, among other things, a broken knee and thigh.

Bernal had a serious accident with a bus. The first information shows that he was not seriously injured.” The Ineos Grenadiers rider was training with his test bike back home when he hit a parked bus. “The medical staff took him to the hospital and he was conscious on arrival,” he was quickly contacted by his team.” Egan is stable and is now undergoing further of tests.”

In the end, the damage turned out to be serious. “It was a huge blow to his leg,” Xaper Zandeu, athletic director at Ineos Grenadines, told Colombia. Marker. According to the hospital in Bogota, Bernal fractured his knee and femur. There is also damage to the neck and thoracic vertebrae. It remains unclear exactly how long he will be out of action, although he has a lengthy rehabilitation period ahead. Colombian media are talking about four to six months.

In the meantime, the Colombian was successfully run. The nerves in his spine were unaffected and so could be saved. Back function can also be maintained. So there is no permanent damage, but Bernal will have to stay in intensive care for the next 72 hours to see how the situation develops.

The hospital where Bernal is staying.
Photo: Agence France-Presse

We expect it to develop gradually over the next 72 hours in the intensive care unit. We immediately began the rehabilitation process to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

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Bernal completed a training stint in Colombia with teammates Richard Carapaz, Dani Martinez, Jonathan Narvaez, Brandon Rivera, Andre Amador, Omar Fraile and Carlos Rodriguez. The former Tour winner (2019) and last year’s Giro winner usually starts his Tour of Provence season in three weeks. He could already make a crossover on that. Next summer, the Colombian climber wanted to take another shot for the overall victory in the Tour de France, but that also seems unrealistic at the moment.