'I retired three times in that period': Bernhard Eisel came close to giving up cycling after serious head injury

Austrian says he'll continue for another season of racing in 2019

Bernhard Eisel at the 2018 GP de Montréal (Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Bernhard Eisel (Dimension Data) "could've retired" after brain surgery and with Mark Cavendish telling him to do so, but he is racing again with a new contract through 2019.

In April the Austrian underwent successful surgery to relieve a chronic subdural haematoma on his brain. The injury stemmed from a crash at Tirreno-Adriatico and only became fully diagnosed when he started complaining of headaches.

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