Egan Bernal remains in intensive care after two ‘successful surgeries’

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Two-time Grand Tour winner Egan Bernal remains in intensive care after undergoing spinal surgery following a serious accident suffered while training in his native Colombia.

The 2019 Tour de France champion underwent two rounds of surgery following the crash, with doctors working to repair fractures to his right leg and kneecap, as well as a collapsed lung before performing another operation to repair dislocated fractures to his spine. .

A statement from Ineos Grenadiers read: “Following yesterday’s training accident, Egan remains stable in intensive care following two successful surgeries.

“Egan suffered a fractured vertebra, a fractured right femur, a fractured right patella, thoracic trauma, a punctured lung, and multiple fractured ribs in the accident.

“Doctors were able to medically immobilize his right leg and stabilize the fractured vertebrae in two separate surgeries last night. She is now in an intensive care unit where other potential secondary injuries are being managed, as well as her body’s response to trauma.”

Reports in Colombia indicate that Bernal hit a parked bus while training with his teammates near his home in Bogotá, with images circulating online of the 25-year-old receiving treatment next to a badly dented vehicle.

Bernal, who scored his second Grand Tour win with a victory at the Giro d’Italia last season, was said to be conscious when he was taken to the Clínica Universidad de La Sabana by team medical staff.

A hospital statement said Bernal’s spinal operation “maintained neurological integrity intact and preserved the functionality of the involved segments.”

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“We will await his evolution during the next 72 hours in the Intensive Care Unit to see the response to the established course of treatment for this high-energy trauma,” the statement added.

“We have immediately started the rehabilitation process to achieve the best possible results with our patient.”

While the majority of the Granaderos team trains in Europe, Bernal remained in Colombia to prepare for the upcoming season, riding alongside a small group of teammates that includes former Giro champion Richard Carapaz.

Bernal signed a new five-year deal with the Grenadiers earlier this month and laid out his ambitions to target the Tour again this summer.

Several riders and teams were quick to post messages of support for Bernal on social media.

Bernal’s teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart, winner of the 2020 Giro, wrote: “We all hope you are well @Eganbernal. How scary to read this news. A sad reminder of how dangerous our training can be.”

Four-time Tour winner Chris Froome, who broke his neck, femur, elbow, hips and ribs in a training accident in 2019 and has yet to regain anything close to his former form, also posted a message on Twitter to your former teammate.

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“My thoughts are with Egan and his family today,” Froome wrote.



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