Egan Bernal admits Giro d’Italia ambitions depend on possible back pain

Team Ineos rider Colombias Egan Bernal rides during the 15th stage of the 107th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 175 km between Lyon and Grand Colombier on September 13 2020 Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD AFP Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARDAFP via Getty Images
Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Egan Bernal has confirmed he will target the maglia rosa at the Giro d’Italia but he has admitted that “everything will depend on how my back responds” and revealed he still occasionally feels pain due to a leg length discrepancy and chronic scoliosis in his spine.

Ineos Grenadiers announced Bernal and Pavel Sivakov as equal team leaders when they finalised their eight-rider squad on Tuesday, with Bernal telling La Gazzetta dello Sport that the team is “optimistic that things will go well.” 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.