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Bernal to skip Grands Tours

BOGOTA (AFP) – Colombia’s 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal confirmed he would not participate in any of the three Grands Tours in Europe as he recuperates fully from an accident.

Bernal was back on a bike last week, two months after hitting a bus at speed in a crash from which he was lucky to escape with his life.

The 25-year-old Team Ineos rider, who was left nursing multiple broken bones, has made a quick recovery, but insisted that multi-stage racing was definitely not on the cards.

“The Vuelta a Espana would be a bit too much,” said Bernal.

“Obviously I wouldn’t be ready to race it, it would be too much to ask of my body.”

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