Issued on: 15/11/2019 – 15:04Changed: 15/11/2019 – 15:03

Shanghai (AFP)

Excursion de France winner Egan Bernal stated 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 through the Criterium du Dauphine level race and final week had extra surgical treatment.

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

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

“It is one thing that you just by no means wish to consider when you find yourself at the motorbike as a result of then it is horrifying,” 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 be able to crash and die.

“However it is a part of our career. Evidently it is a large possibility, however it is our task,” added Bernal, who suffered a damaged collarbone in a crash all through coaching previous this yr.

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

He took phase in a group 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 in reality just right and within the time trial he’s going to no longer cross too a long way,” stated Bernal.

“Then when he began he used to be going in reality, in reality arduous and I used to be a little bit shocked as a result of he did surgical treatment only a few months in the past and now he’s in just right form.

“Now not (just right sufficient this present day) to win the Excursion de France, however already in a just right shape.

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

Bernal stated that he’s going to take a seat down with the Ineos Workforce in December to map out the yr forward and come to 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 one of the most largest races on the planet and it is only each and every 4 years,” he stated.

“It will be important for the rustic, the folks, the Colombians.”

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