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Egan Bernal completes surgery for multiple injuries as Tour de France dreams lay tattered

Bernal undergoes successful surgery for fractured femur, patella and spinal trauma after training collision Monday.

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The road to the Tour de France is looking a whole lot steeper for Egan Bernal.

Medical reports reveal Bernal underwent successful surgery for a series of injuries, including a damaged lung, spinal trauma, and a broken patella and femur after he collided with a bus while training in Colombia on Monday.

“The neurosurgical intervention took place successfully,” read a statement from the local hospital that treated Bernal on Monday night.

“We expect its progressive development over the next 72 hours in the intensive care unit. Further, we will immediately begin the rehabilitation process to achieve the best possible results with our patient.”

The reports confirm the worst suspicions that began circulating in the aftermath of the incident Monday, and most likely leave Bernal’s 2022 season in tatters.

Bernal, 25, had placed the Tour de France at the center of his season for 2022. As a former winner of the yellow jersey and the reigning Giro d’Italia champion, the Colombian was poised as the biggest threat to Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič’s dominance over the grand tour scene.

Bernal was eyeing 2022 with optimism after recently signing a contract extension stretching through 2026.

He had returned to top shape last year after seeming to shake the back problems that torpedoed his 2020 Tour campaign, lighting up the Giro before his series of dazzling duels with Roglič at the Vuelta a España.

“It is clear that we are going to focus all our preparation and efforts thinking about competing in the Tour de France,” Bernal had said last fall. “It is time to return to the path that we found in 2019 and from which we have separated a little.”

The question now remains as to when, or if, Bernal will see racing in 2022.

His provisional program for the year saw a season debut at the Tour de la Provence in two weeks’ time before riding through the UAE Tour and Paris-Nice in the spring.

Ineos Grenadiers has yet to release a statement on their rider’s condition since he completed surgery. A note from the team soon after the accident Monday confirmed Bernal was stable ahead of going to theater.

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“Bernal, who is at a team training camp near his hometown, was accompanied to the hospital by team medical staff and was conscious upon arrival,” read a statement from the team. “He is stable and undergoing further assessment.”

Images emerged Monday of the aftermath of the accident which occurred while Bernal and a half-dozen teammates were training on Colombian roads.

Photographs taken by onlookers show the battered rear panel of a bus which is reported to have stopped to let out a passenger.

Colombian radio BluRadio cited a police statement Monday saying Bernal “did not notice the stop, and struck the back of the bus.”

The accident occurred just days after footage circulated of Bernal and his teammates suffering a high-speed close pass while out training.

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