Bernal back on the bike two months after horror crash

Cycling — Giro d’Italia — Stage 19 — Abbiategrasso to Alpe di Mera, Italy — May 28, 2021 Ineos Grenadiers rider Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia finishes stage 19 in third place REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

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March 29 (Reuters) — Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal said he was happy to be back on his bike just two months after a near-fatal accident left him needing multiple surgeries.

Bernal, who won the 2019 Tour de France and last year’s Giro d’Italia, had neurosurgery after slamming into a stationery bus in Colombia in January. He fractured his vertebra, right femur, right patella, and suffered chest trauma and a punctured lung. read more

The 25-year-old had said the accident left him with a 95% chance of becoming a paraplegic. But he left hospital in February and has posted a picture of himself on Instagram back cycling on the road, describing it as the «happiest day» of his life.

«After two months and 20 broken bones, here I am, and I want more. See you on the road, guys,» Bernal said.

Bernal was the youngest rider to win the Tour in more than a century and had recently extended his contract with the Ineos Grenadiers team to 2026.

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Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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