After back problems at the Tour de France and the Criterium du Daphne, Egan Bernal revealed the root cause of the injury – a leg problem that had a knockout effect. He faced special gym work for several months to treat it before returning to racing.
Ines Granadier, who led both races, walked out of Dauphin after three steps as a precautionary measure before the Colombian tour. He debated a podium spot – if not a complete victory – as Le Grand Boule went to the Alps, but his challenge fell in front of Grand Columbia, then Bernal said “I’m upset in every way”.
He noted that the pain had spread to his knees but had lost 11 minutes and fought to another level. At this point, lying down 19 minutes on the GC, Bernal abandoned his tour, later calling for time in his 2020 season to focus on recovering from his injury.
In an interview with ESPN Colombia, Bernal said the main cause of the injury was that one of his legs was longer than the other than he had recently checked the position of a detailed bike in Germany and was now working out in the gym to strengthen his core and back muscles.
“The problem is one leg is longer than the other leg,” he explained. “I’m already thinking about next season It’s a long long recovery process because basically it caused scoliosis in my spine.
“A spinal disc was able to puncture the nerves that run down the gluteus and down the leg.”
The 25-year-old added that the problem could not be fixed with surgery. Instead, recovery requires a process of rehabilitation and a strengthening behind it before the 2021 season.
“This is the place where it hurts, but it’s something that can’t be picked up by surgery – it’s not recommended. Instead, it’s a problem that can only be fixed by long-term rehabilitation and trying to get rid of the inflammation.” Can we need the disk moves back to some place “
Bernal said the process would be longer and it would take several months to bring him back to full fitness. It’s just unclear when he will be able to return to racing next season.
“It’s a long process and it will take a long time, not one in two months. It will take me a reasonable amount of time to get rid of the pain again.
“I am rehabilitating in Monaco, trying my best and being inspired next year – setting new goals and objectives. I have a whole career ahead of me, so I can’t think about the Tour de France I lost, the tour I won last year I can’t.
“You always have to think ahead, and the way to do things the best way right now.”
At work !! Pic.twitter.com/REVFfjRd10October 26, 2020