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Tour de France Winner Bernal Recovering After Successful Neurosurgery

INTERNATIONAL: Neurosurgery on Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal has "ended successfully," the hospital where he was treated has announced on Tuesday ,January 25, just hours after the former Tour de France winner has slammed into a vehicle and injured his spine, legs and chest.

Bernal, who became the first South American to win the Tour in 2019 and added the Giro d'Italia to his list of achievements last year, hit a stationery bus while training with his Ineos Grenadiers team in Gachancipa, about 50 kilometres north of Bogota, the Sabana University Clinic has said.

The clinic has reported that Bernal has suffered "cervical and thoracic trauma, blunt chest trauma, musculoskeletal trauma and trauma to the lower limbs" in the "high energy" crash.

He was rushed to hospital by Ineos Grenadiers staff and late on Monday doctors have performed a thoracostomy and operated on a fractured right femur and damaged kneecap.

Work on damaged discs in his spine "preserved their functionality and neurological integrity".

The bulletin has said Bernal is expected to show evolution within the next 72 hours in the Intensive Care Unit.

The rehabilitation process will begin immediately, the clinic has also added.

The 25-year-old Bernal, who was the youngest rider to win the Tour in more than a century, has recently extended his contract with Ineos Grenadiers to 2026.

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