Issued on: 15/11/2019 – 15:20Changed: 15/11/2019 – 15:03

Shanghai (AFP)

Excursion de France winner Egan Bernal mentioned Friday that aggressive cyclists are simplest ever one nook from disaster, reflecting on Chris Froome’s high-speed crash in June.

The four-time Excursion champion Froome fractured a thigh, elbow and vertebrae all over the Criterium du Dauphine level race and closing week had extra surgical procedure.

The 34-year-old has admitted that he’s “thankful to be alive”.

Bernal, the Briton’s team-mate at Ineos, mentioned that one slip-up has the possible to be deadly.

“It is one thing that you simply by no means wish to consider when you find yourself at the motorcycle as a result of then it is frightening,” the 22-year-old Colombian instructed AFP at the eve of the Excursion’s criterium in Shanghai.

“However it is one thing actual, it is one thing actual that on any nook, in any downhill or any a part of the race, you’ll crash and die.

“However it is a part of our occupation. Needless to say it is a giant chance, however it is our activity,” added Bernal, who suffered a damaged collarbone in a crash all over coaching previous this 12 months.

Froome, who hopes to get well sufficiently to make some other tilt on the Excursion de France in 2020, returned to aggressive biking 3 weeks in the past.

He took section in a crew time trial run spherical a unmarried lap on the Excursion’s Saitama Criterium, the place Bernal was once additionally concerned.

Bernal, the primary Colombian to win the Excursion de France, biking’s maximum prestigious race, was once buoyed by way of what he noticed from his team-mate.

“I used to be shocked as a result of he was once telling us that he was once now not truly excellent and within the time trial he’ll now not cross too some distance,” mentioned Bernal.

“Then when he began he was once going truly, truly onerous and I used to be a bit of shocked as a result of he did surgical procedure only some months in the past and now he’s in excellent form.

“No longer (excellent sufficient these days) to win the Excursion de France, however already in a excellent shape.

“Needless to say he’ll be even higher subsequent 12 months, I’m hoping.”

Bernal mentioned that he’ll sit down down with the Ineos Crew in December to map out the 12 months forward and come to a decision which races to prioritise.

For particular, he’ll compete on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and is relishing representing his nation.

“It is one of the vital greatest races on the planet and it is only each and every 4 years,” he mentioned.

“It will be significant for the rustic, the folk, the Colombians.”

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