Ineos Grenadiers’s Brandon Rivera is recovering in the same Colombian hospital as teammate Egan Bernal after crashing in the same region just days after his compatriot.
Rivera, a 25 year-old who signed for Ineos in 2019, fractured his elbow, dislocated a shoulder and dislocated his AC joint after coming off his bike during a training ride.
The news comes as doctors at the Clínica Universidad de La Sabana in Bogota released an update on Bernal’s condition, saying the 2019 Tour de France champion’s recovery was going well albeit he remained in intensive care and would require further surgery.
Bernal fractured vertebrae, a fractured right femur, a fractured right kneecap, chest trauma, a punctured lung and fractured ribs when he collided with the back of a bus earlier this week.
“Egan continues with his rehabilitation plan,” read a statement from the clinic. “He has not shown signs of infection, he is also in good spirits and thanks to his improvement his vasopressor medication was withdrawn.
“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.
“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 has been visited by family, with his mother posting a positive update on Instagram.
And his agent told Gazzetta Dello Sport that Bernal was in good spirits despite being in pain.
“He told me he was in a lot of pain,” Giuseppe Acquadro said. “I said I’d perhaps come to see him and he responded: ‘Perhaps I’ll come over to Europe!’
Ineos also released a picture of Bernal from his hospital bed giving his fans an ‘A-okay’ sign.
“He also asked me about Marco Pantani’s accident and I reminded him that a few years after his accident, Pantani won the Giro and the Tour.”
Tour de France winner Egan Bernal undergoes spinal surgery after training ride crash with bus
Tributes and well wishes have flooded in for Egan Bernal, the Colombian rider who remains in intensive care following a serious collision with a bus while on a training ride in his home country on Monday.
Bernal, 25, underwent multiple rounds of surgery following the accident, with doctors working to repair dislocated fractures in his spine as well as fractures to his right leg and kneecap. The two-time grand Tour winner also suffered a collapsed lung after reportedly colliding with a parked bus while riding at high speed close to his home in Bogotá.
Images circulating on social media showed the Ineos Grenadiers rider lying on the ground receiving treatment behind a heavily-dented vehicle.