Egan Bernal on the injury and plans for this year

“The knee still continues to bother me and we know what knee injuries are like"

by Sead Dedovic
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Egan Bernal on the injury and plans for this year

Egan Bernal is focused on racing in Europe, although the injury is causing him huge problems. “The knee still continues to bother me and we know what knee injuries are like, so we are going to see how things go and make the best decisions.

But as I’ve already said, I’m still thinking about the races in Europe,” Bernal said for Cycling News. “I'm fine. The truth is, after the result in San Juan, how I felt surprised me a bit because I didn't expect to be at that level in January.

We have to calm down a bit. The season is long. We know where we’ve come from and where we are going”.

Horror crash

His horror crash from 2022 shocked many. In January of this year, in an interview, he spoke about the problems he suffered after the injury.

It was as if he was learning to live and walk again. “I think today is exactly one year ago [since the crash], but to tell you the truth when I came out of surgery it was really the last thing on my mind,” he said.
“I spent many hours in the operating theatre.

I was even told that some people thought I was dead, and there was also a good chance that I would be in a wheelchair, so I really didn't think I would be able to get back on a bike.
The only thing I thought about was just living and being with my family”.

He had to learn the basics again and it was not at all easy for him. “The first days you have to learn to walk again, it's super complicated.
To be able to eat, just to wash my mouth, to be able to shower. Those were the first things I had to learn.

And just to do that, it took me two months.
So imagine if just to walk, to wash your mouth, it takes you two months, then how long it's going to take me to get back to a competitive level in a peloton... it was hours of work. But I had the support of my family, of the whole team and it was a big team effort”.

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