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Grand Tour winner Egan Bernal to undergo further surgery after crash in Colombia

Egan Bernal, 2019 Tour de France winner, will undergo further surgery in Colombia having been involved in a serious crash with a bus in Bogota on Monday where he suffered fractured vertebrae, broken right femur, right patella and ribs, as well as chest trauma and a punctured lung

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Image: Former Tour de France winner Egan Bernal will undergo further surgery in his native Colombia, having had spinal surgery on Monday

Two-time Grand Tour winner Egan Bernal is due to undergo further 'minor' operations after having spinal surgery following a crash in his native Colombia on Monday, but is said to be in good spirits.

The 25-year-old, winner of the 2019 Tour de France, has been in the intensive care unit of the Clinica Universidad de La Sabana in Bogota since colliding with a stationary bus earlier this week.

Bernal suffered fractured vertebrae, broke his right femur, right patella and ribs, and also suffered chest trauma and a punctured lung in the incident.

A statement released by the hospital overnight said Bernal is now due to have further surgery but added he is making good progress, having had medication used to treat low blood pressure withdrawn.

"Egan Bernal Gomez has continued with the expected recovery and with a favourable trend," the statement said.

"Egan continues with his rehabilitation plan, he has not shown signs of infection, he is also in good spirits and thanks to his improvement his vasopressor medication was withdrawn.

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Image: Bernal, 25, collided with a bus on Monday and suffered fractured vertebrae, a number of broken bones, and punctured lung

"In addition to communicating his good state of health, we inform that at this time the patient is in a regeneration or tertiary trauma period.

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"Therefore, tomorrow he will have two surgeries, which are secondary procedures that are not life-threatening.

"The first is an osteosynthesis of a fracture to the second metacarpal of the right hand, which will be performed by the hand surgery team. The second is a maxillo-facial to manage dentoalveolar fractures in his mouth."

Bernal's Ineos Grenadiers team-mate Brandon Rivera is now also receiving treatment at the same hospital after suffering a fractured and dislocated elbow in a training crash on Thursday.

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