Egan Bernal has shared shocking revelations about the serious crash he was involved in at the end of January, which required him to undergo seven separate surgeries to treat the 20 fractures and two collapsed lungs he suffered in the incident .
Speaking in his first interview since the crash, Bernal candidly discusses the specific details of the crash in a 50-minute video with Weekpublished on the Colombian media’s YouTube channel.
“I did an interval, in front of my teammates, I look ahead and there is nothing,” he said.
“There is a car behind me escorting me. I keep doing my interval and I remember I was going 58 kilometers per hour. It’s like throwing and the wind is in your favor. I was going 58. I started looking and it was 59, 60, 61, 62, and it was when I saw that speed that I hit the bus.
“I hit the bus at 62 kilometers per hour. The bus was motionless. At that moment, imagine the pain.
Last week on social media, Bernal shared a video of himself walking unassisted for 30 seconds while wearing a neck and back brace, before sharing footage of himself on a stationary bike, riding it. captioned: “Never let anyone tell you you can’t do anything.”
During the video interview with Weekthe Colombian once again recognizes how grateful he is to be alive.
“I’m alive, it’s like a second chance. It’s like being born again and I appreciate every little thing that happens to me.”
Bernal also clarifies that no one is to blame for the accident, suggesting that there is always an element of risk in cycling, but that riders must take to improve and prepare properly.
“Unfortunately we are not football and we cannot train in a stadium, in a coliseum, we have to be exposed to this stuff.
“My normal training can be 270 kilometers from Zipaquirá to Tunja, round trip, thousands of things can happen. You have to be aware. There are risks that could be avoided, but you couldn’t stop training on the open road because otherwise I couldn’t win the Tour de France.”
For the foreseeable future, Bernal continues his recovery and rehabilitation at his home in Colombia, with the intention of one day competing for Grand Tour honors again.
While he understands it’s a tough question, especially considering how difficult it is to win under normal circumstances, Bernal also wants to become the best version of himself. For Bernal, that means replicating his form from the 2019 Tour de France and the 2021 Giro d’Italia.
“I don’t know if I’ll be at the level of winning a Tour de France again, because it’s already difficult.
“If it’s difficult when you’re doing well, I don’t know how it will be now.
“But I want to be the best version of Egan Bernal. What Egan Bernal can do right now, obviously I’m going to work to get to that level. I think I actually bring out my best version in those times when I have an injury, I feel like I can be a bit more focused and that’s what I want, what I want to aim for.