Egan Bernal has goes into self-isolation after returning to Colombia

The Tour de France champion says he tested negative but will still be following the procedure

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Egan Bernal has gone into self-isolation after returning to Colombia from a high-risk area in Europe.

The reigning Tour de France champion said on Instagram that he has tested negative for Covid-19, but will still be staying in quarantine as procedure dictates.

Team Ineos rider Bernal has been training in Monaco in recent weeks, but has now returned to his native Colombia after all cycling events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

The 23-year-old contacted health authorities on landing back home and has been tested for coronavirus, returning a negative result.

He said: “A few days ago I arrived from Europe and I isolate myself in my house as the authorities say. After a few days I contacted [the ministry of health] because I came from an area with a high risk of contagion. Yesterday they came to my house to check me and the result is negative for Covid-19.”

Bernal said he will stay in quarantine to support his country and invited his fellow Colombians not to go out onto the streets if it is not necessary.

He added: “To the [ministry of health] and all the people who are currently working day and night to control this situation, I want to thank them enormously from all of Colombia.

“This is braver than winning a Tour and you are national heroes right now.”

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.