Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) has also expressed doubts as to whether he will be on the plane to Tokyo for the Olympics later this summer.The Colombian climber has so far put on a truly incredible show at the Giro, leading the race by 2-24 over his closest rival Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) with his mountain attacks.
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Speaking at his rest day press conference, Bernal said: “I think I won’t go to the Tour, I think the guys who are now in the Tour squad can do very well.
“I prefer to focus only on the second part of the season, maybe riding on La Vuelta [a España]. I am not sure about the Olympics because I still have problems with my back.
“I’m not going to lie, it still hurts me sometimes, more than halfway than at the end of the stages,
“It worries me because it could affect the lower back and this whole area. We do physiotherapy every day and I think it will hold for the rest of the race, I don’t think the pain will suddenly go away. ladder. So I am convinced that everything will be fine until then. “
Bernal’s back problems emerged during the 2020 season, presumably caused by a gap in his leg length, and after falling out of favor on stage 15 of the Tour at Grand Colombier, he then retired of the race after step 16. to start his rehabilitation.
Ineos Grenadiers and Bernal worked on a strict plan to deal with his back pain with the help of team coach Xabi Artetxe, who made the decision not to let Bernal chase Tirreno-Adriatico and return to Colombia to train.
The 2019 Tour de France winner also said that if he didn’t feel in top form, he wouldn’t go to the Olympics.