Egan Bernal facing surgery for multiple injuries from bus collision
Egan Bernal will undergo surgery on Monday after a collision with a bus left him with multiple upper and lower-body injuries.
The 25-year-old was training with his Ineos Grenadiers teammates outside Bogotá, Colombia when the crash occurred on Monday morning and was conscious and stable when he arrived at hospital, according to the team.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider was admitted to the Clinica Universidad de La Sabana where doctors diagnosed traumas to his chest, spine, and lower limbs.
A source has told Cyclingnews that Bernal suffered a bone fracture, with various Colombian media outlets reporting that he has broken his femur and kneecap.
Ineos Grenadiers issued a statement shortly after the incident to confirm that Bernal was in hospital and was in stable condition. Later, the hospital itself issued an update on the state of health of the former Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner.
No specific mention of broken bones was made but the medical checks revealed a wide range of injuries that needed to be addressed.
“The Clinica Universidad de La Sabana can publicly inform that Egan Bernal was admitted to the emergency unit this morning via an ambulance,” read the statement.
“At that moment, he was examined across the board by specialists. In light of the findings, he must undergo surgery in the coming hours due to multiple injuries: vertebral and chest trauma, blunt trauma of the thorax, musculoskeletal trauma, and trauma to the lower limbs. For the moment he is haemodynamically stable. We hope for the best in his clinical outcome.”
Bernal was scheduled to start his season at the Tour de la Provence on February 10 and the UAE Tour starting on February 20. He is vying to lead Ineos at the Tour de France in July.
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