The Ineos Grenadiers rider broke 20 bones, and both of his lungs collapsed after a collision with a bus on his time-trial bike. He had to undergo seven surgeries, including two on his spine. He previously stated that the accident left him with a 95 per cent chance of becoming paralysed.
EL AGUANTE!! 🤘🏽
Feliz de volver a nacer 😌 pic.twitter.com/qODpvr3ktL
— Egan Arley Bernal (@Eganbernal) February 7, 2022
“One moment I’m preparing for the Tour de France, giving it all on my time-trial bike, and the next I’m fighting for my life,” Bernal said in a video message.
“Fortunately, I fell into good hands, and I believe that if it wasn’t for you [the hospital staff], it would be a different story, so I have to thank you for allowing me to have a second chance.”
The hospital issued a press release stating that Bernal has, “no complications and all his injuries are stable and in the process of recovery”.
“In truth, for me, it’s like being born again, the fact that I’m alive,” Bernal continued.
“In the days when I was in pain, I said to myself, ‘at least I feel pain – at least I feel something’, and that’s thanks to you.
“I’m obviously now starting a very long process but you have already done the hard work. My respects for everything you do – you deserve a lot more recognition than we give you, and thank you genuinely for giving me a second chance. I hope to one day be able to repay in some way all that you’ve done for me.”
Bernal has now returned to his home in Colombia to start the rehabilitation process. We wish you the very best, Egan!