Egan Bernal: It’s difficult to say how my recovery is going

Egan Bernal was back in action at the Étoile de Bessèges
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Having initially planned to start his season at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Egan Bernal has joined fellow Ineos Grenadiers team leader Geraint Thomas in making his return to race action this week at the Étoile de Bessèges. The Colombian has no stated goals for the race apart from wanting to assess the extent of his recovery from the back injury that forced him to abandon the 2020 Tour de France during its final week.

“I’m feeling really happy to be back in the game and really excited to be starting my season here. I’ll just try to enjoy the race,” Bernal said prior to the opening stage in Bellegarde. 

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).