The Ineos Grenadiers rider won the 2019 Grand Tour before the coronavirus cut the world in competitive cycling events the following year, and he battled a back injury in the 2020 edition before retiring .
In 2021 he instead competed and won the Giro d’Italia 2021 in May, but has since said he wants to compete in France next year.
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Speaking to Mundo Ciclístico magazine, Bernal confirmed his intentions.
” The answer is yes. It is clear that we are going to concentrate all our preparation and our efforts thinking about participating in the Tour de France next year, ”said Bernal.
“It is time to go back on the path we took in 2019 and from which we have separated a little. “
The 24-year-old was optimistic but still a little wary about his back injury.
“I think I have fully recovered, but nonetheless we have followed the progress through physiotherapy sessions, strengthening in the gym, and I hope to start the cycling year and continue without anything that could affect my performance on cycling, ”he said. noted.
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