Ineos Grenadiers driver Egan Bernal said his injury issues in 2020 did not change his goal of winning the 2021 edition.
The Colombian won the 2019 race at just 22, but struggled in the 2020 Tour and had to retire due to back pain. He was then diagnosed with scoliosis.
Bernal was previously reluctant to commit to his 2021 goals, but told a local newspaper he was now more optimistic.
Speaking to Noticias Caracol, he said: “I’m going to have to train really hard.
“My first race should be at the Colombian national championships, which I think will be held again in February. ”
The Colombian has also spoken in the past about his wish to race the Giro d’Italia, and Bernal may not be able to return to full form for the May 2021 start date.
He is continuing his rehabilitation, but he may still be a long way from reaching his full physical shape.
“Little by little, the inflammation goes away. I have been peddling painlessly for a few days now, but it will take a little while to heal, ”he said.
Bernal has a few small events to use to find his way back into competitive cycling, and his Colombian Olympic committee is still hoping he could be part of the country’s squad. However, with the new 2021 calendar, the two events may be too close to each other for Bernal to compete in both.