Team Sky officials confirmed Monday the 21-year-old Colombian sensation is not injured and will start Tuesday’s stage 10.
On Sunday, a fan captured video of the Tour de France rookie smacking into the back of a BMC Racing vehicle that stopped suddenly in the mayhem of the stage as riders were chasing back on.
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Bernal was chasing back from an earlier crash, and could not brake fast enough and rear-ended into the back of the car. It wasn’t a high-speed impact, but Bernal fell off his bike and shook out his right hand from the sting of the impact.
Contrary to rumors on Twitter, Bernal did not break a finger or a bone in his hand, Sky officials confirmed.
“[Bernal is] all good,” a Sky official said. “He’ll be ripping it up tomorrow.”
Bernal had a rough ride over the pavé, crashing at least twice, and losing 16:09 on the day when Team Sky co-captains Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas both finished in the front group. Revealing his importance to the team, Sky posted Wout Poels to help Bernal survive the day.
Bernal also tumbled out of contention in the white jersey competition, dropping from second to eighth, now 16:09 behind Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb).
Expectations remain high for how Bernal will perform in the high mountains of France following his sensational season to date, which includes an overall victory at the Amgen Tour of California in May.