Egan Bernal flew into Madrid on Monday on a particular flight for Colombian athletes and stated his sights are set on defending his Tour de France title.
“I might be assembly with my workforce in Andorra and we’ll put together for the races,” stated Bernal at Madrid airport.
The flight carried 110 sportsmen and girls together with highway cyclists Nairo Quintana of Arkea-Samsic, Rigoberto Uran of EF Professional Biking and Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana, in addition to double Olympic BMX champion Mariana Pajon, fencers, footballers and judokas.
None of them should be quarantined in Spain as a result of they handed coronavirus exams earlier than embarking in Colombia, the place cities similar to Bogota and Medellin are in strict lockdown due to the pandemic.
Bernal stated he plans to journey to neighbouring Andorra, the place he’ll meet his Ineos workforce to arrange for the season and the Tour, which is able to run from 29 August to 20 September.
“The very best factor is to go step-by-step,” stated Bernal, for whom his precedence is “to go to the coaching camp, to see at what degree I’m at”.
“It has been a very long time since I’ve competed, however nobody is competing, it is a completely different season,” added the 23-year-old.
He stated he needed to “benefit from the races that earlier than the Tour de France, and there we’ll see in what I’m, in what degree are my colleagues and from there every thing will begin.”
Quintana, who was hit by a automotive whereas coaching close to his residence in Boyaca in central Colombia in early July, stated that, after two weeks relaxation, he was prepared for coaching.
“We’ll take covid exams and begin coaching periods”, stated Quintana, who stated he was not afraid of doable contagion throughout races.
“We’re purported to have bio-security protocols to make sure that each time we get to a contest none of us are contaminated,” he stated.
The pandemic has pressured a change within the biking calendar. The rescheduled Tour de France will begin an over-crowded autumn calendar with the World Championships in Switzerland beginning on the day the Tour ends and working 20-27 September, the Giro d’Italia is on from 3-25 October and the Vuelta a Espana from 20 October to eight November.