Excursion de France winner Egan Bernal mentioned Friday that aggressive cyclists are handiest 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 right through the Criterium du Dauphine level race and final week had extra surgical operation.

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 need to take into consideration when you are 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. Evidently it is a large possibility, however it is our process,” added Bernal, who suffered a damaged collarbone in a crash right through coaching previous this yr.

Froome, who hopes to get better sufficiently to make every 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 used to be additionally concerned.

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

“I used to be shocked as a result of he used to be telling us that he used to be no longer truly excellent and within the time trial he’s going to no longer move too a long way,” mentioned Bernal.

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

“Now not (excellent sufficient at the present time) to win the Excursion de France, however already in a excellent shape.

“Evidently he’s going to be even higher subsequent yr, I am hoping.”

Bernal mentioned that he’s going to take a seat down with the Ineos Crew in December to map out the yr forward and make a decision which races to prioritise.

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

“It is some of the largest races on this planet and it is just each and every 4 years,” he mentioned.

“It is vital for the rustic, the folks, the Colombians.”

Egan Bernal of Colombia (third L) used to be buoyed by means of what he noticed from his team-mate Chris Froome of Britain (L) in Saitama

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