The journey was carried out over 222 kilometers. 

The journey was carried out over 222 kilometers. 

Egan Bernal took his first pedal strokes after the accident he suffered on January 24 last, while doing his job as a domestique in the first stage of the Tour of Denmark, which took place this Tuesday between Allerød and Køge, won by Olav Fooij, who is the new leader.

Bernal returned to racing after 11 months and 11 days since his last pedal stroke, on September 5, 2021 at the Back to Spain.

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What work did you do?

He was eager to be ahead, he took the reins of the pack in the last 66 kilometers, when he was ordered to lead the pack.

The idea was to set the pace, control the pace of the group, which at that time was chasing the leaders: Rasmus Wallin, Sebastian Nielsen, Madas Kristensen and Nicklas Pedersen, who came to have a good lead.

The Colombian's first pedal strokes were important to reduce the gap between the peloton
and the escapees, who were caught in the last 20 kilometers of the section.

Egan Bernal crashed into a bus, was admitted to the clinic for 14 days
and then the evolution began to finally reappear in Denmark six months and 21 days after that terrible day.

The journey was carried out over 222 kilometers. 

Before the start of the stage, Bernal was the subject of much recognition by a crowd that knows about cyclingand that they expressed joy at seeing him again in the race.

The escapees were caught 14 km from the finish line, after the last step over the sentencing line
for the last lap. Bernal was cautious, he had no problems, in a race in which the Ineos team is under no pressure to win.

The idea of ​​coming back is good for next year's goals and in that case the 2019 Tour de France champion fulfilled , did his job and returned to feel like a cyclist

As expected, in the final part of the day the cyclist from Cundinamarca should not have caught up with the strong pace of the packers' teams and that is why he took his foot off the pedal.

In the end, he gave up 2 min 06 s at the finish, but his work was ideal, on his return to racing.

This Wednesday the second stage will take place starting and finishing in Assens, an individual time trial of 12 kilometers.

Classifications

Stage
1 . Olav Kooij 4hrs 59mins 20s
2. Jasper Philipsen m.t.
3. Timothy Dupont m.t.
4. Magnus Cort m.t.
5.Jasper Stuyven m.t.
11. Jhonatan Narváez m.t.
98. Geraint Thomas at 1 min 26 sec
109. Egan Bernal at 2 min 06 sec
141. Daniel Arroyave at 21 min 05 s
General
1. Olav Kooij 4h 59min 10s
2. Jasper Philipsen at 4 s
3. Sebastian Nielsen m.t.
4. Timothy Dupont at 6 s
5. Magnus Cort at 10 sec
15. Jhonatan Narváez m.t.
110. Geraint Thomas at 1 min 36 sec
118. Egan Bernal at 2 min 16 sec
141. Daniel Arroyave at 12 min 15 s

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