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Cycling Bernal returns to training after Colombia crash

Former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal poses for a photo with the medical team at the Clinica Universidad de la Sabana in Chia
FILE PHOTO: Former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal poses for a photo with the medical team at Clinica Universidad de la Sabana after discharging him after multiple surgeries he underwent following an accident while training on Colombian roads in Chia was exposed. Colombia February 6, 2022. Courtesy Sabana University Clinic/Handout via REUTERS

March 13, 2022

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Bernal, who became the first South American to win the Tour de France in 2019 and added the Giro d’Italia to his list of accomplishments last year, crashed near Colombia’s capital Bogota on January 24.

The 25-year-old said he had a 95 percent chance of becoming a quadriplegic after the accident. He left the hospital in February.

“Guess who’s back on their bikes,” Bernal wrote in a post on Twitter that accompanied a photo of him riding a stationary bike in workout clothes. “As long as there is faith, anything is possible.”

Ineos Grenadiers cycling coach Xabier Artexte said earlier on Saturday that the Colombian could potentially return to competition by the end of the year.

“Egan is a top athlete and his recovery skills are also above average,” Artexte told https://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/12-03-2022/ciclismo-miracolo-bernal-47-giorni-dall-vorfall-gia- bici-lavora-il-rientro-4301819743848.shtml Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He is working to come back as soon as possible. It could be 2023, but it could also be the end of this year. We must not rule it out, quite the opposite.”

Bernal became the youngest rider to win the Tour in more than a century and recently extended his contract with Team Ineos Grenadiers until 2026.

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry)

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