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Egan Bernal already on exercise bike more than three weeks after accident

8.15 pm: Colombian cyclist Egan Bernal has already stepped on his exercise bike more than three weeks after his serious accident. Bernal shared the images of his training on Instagram.

“Never let anyone tell you you can’t do something,” the 25-year-old rider wrote in the video, which shows him with a bare torso.

Bernal cycled at full speed into a stationary bus during a training session in Colombia more than three weeks ago. He suffered a series of injuries, including a fractured spine, a fractured femur, a fractured kneecap, a chest trauma, a perforated lung and multiple broken ribs. The winner of the 2019 Tour and the 2021 Giro went under the knife several times.

In January, Bernal extended his contract with Ineos Grenadiers until the end of 2026.

De Gier head coach of FC Den Bosch for another season

6.09 pm: Jack de Gier will also be head coach of FC Den Bosch next season. The club, which plays in the Kitchen Champion Division, has extended the expiring contract of the coach by one year.

The 53-year-old from Brabant has been employed by FC Den Bosch since February last year. He was previously head coach of Almere City, NEC and Go Ahead Eagles.

Attacker Smits leaves selection of football players Orange

5:33 PM: The football players of the Dutch national team have to do without Joëlle Smits during the Tournoi de France. The 22-year-old attacker of VfL Wolfsburg has left the selection “because of the corona protocols.”

The Orange squad will face Brazil on Wednesday evening. Kick-off in Caen is at 7 p.m.

On Monday, the KNVB already announced that Renate Jansen, Jill Roord, Dominique Janssen and Lynn Wilms will not participate in the international tournament in France “due to the corona protocols”. “In recent days, the protocols have been observed very strictly by the entire Orange delegation,” said the football association.

The Netherlands will also compete against Finland and France at the Tournoi de France.

Joëlle Smits is not there against Brazil.

Joëlle Smits is not there against Brazil.

Belgian cyclist Herregodts wins opening stage Ruta del Sol

5:14 p.m.: Cyclist Rune Herregodts has won the opening stage of the Ruta del Sol in Andalusia, Spain. The Belgian of Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise managed to stay ahead of the other five riders in the leading group during an uphill finish. In the more than 200 kilometer stage from Ubrique to Iznájar, American Stephen Bassett finished second and Spaniard Ander Okamika (Burgos-BH) third.

Bassett (26) accelerated first in the last kilometer, on a climb with a gradient of about 7 percent. The American from the Human Powered Health team seemed to be the strongest, but 23-year-old Herregodts still came alongside. The leading group managed to keep the peloton just behind in the last kilometers.

The stage race through the south of Spain has four more stages.

Semi-final cup Go Ahead-PSV on March 2, AZ-Ajax a day later

2:05 PM: The KNVB has announced the schedule for the semi-finals of the cup. The first game in the semi-final will be in Deventer between Go Ahead Eagles and PSV, on Wednesday 2 March at 8 p.m. A day later, AZ receives Ajax for the other place in the final, also at 8 p.m.

Due to these matches, the playing schedule in the Eredivisie was adjusted the following weekend. AZ would visit NEC on Saturday, March 5, but the game in Nijmegen will be moved to Sunday at 4.45 PM. PSV’s home match against Heracles Almelo will also be postponed one day, to 12.15 pm on Sunday 6 March. According to the KNVB, this is at the request of the people of Eindhoven in connection with a possible duel in the Conference League on March 10.

To make room in the match schedule on Sunday 6 March, Willem II – sc Heerenveen will move to Saturday at 4.30 pm. Go Ahead Eagles – FC Utrecht will be played more than an hour earlier that day than previously planned, at 6.45 pm.

Belgian football club Eupen fires trainer Krämer

12.59 pm: The Belgian football club Eupen has fired trainer Stefan Krämer. Assistant Michael Valkanis will take over until the end of the season, the club from the highest division announced.

“A long run without victories has led to this decision,” Eupen said in a statement. “We want to give the team a new impulse with a coaching change.”

Krämer joined Eupen last summer. Before that, the 54-year-old German was active in the second and third Bundesliga with Arminia Bielefeld, Cottbus, Erfurt, Uerdingen and Magdeburg.

Olympic eventing champion suspended for hitting a horse

12:31 pm Two-time Olympic eventing champion Mark Todd has been suspended by the British Horseracing Authority after a video surfaced showing him beating a horse with a branch. The 65-year-old New Zealander did that several times during a training session.

The provisional suspension means that Todd is now no longer allowed to participate in competitions. Further investigation will follow.

Todd, who won individual gold medals in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, has since apologized for the incident.

Mees Hilgers

Mees Hilgers

FC Twente in the coming weeks without Hilgers

10:49 am FC Twente will have to do without Mees Hilgers in the coming weeks. An investigation into the seriousness of the defender’s injury has revealed this, the Enschede club from the Eredivisie said. Hilgers suffered a painful groin in the lost duel at Ajax last weekend.

FC Twente is currently in fifth place in the Eredivisie and therefore has a good chance of qualifying for the play-offs for European football. The formation of trainer Ron Jans will play at home against Go Ahead Eagles next weekend.

Hilgers is a player from FC Twente’s own training, who broke through this season.

NEC makes plans to make club financially healthy

09:53 o’clock NEC has launched plans to make the club “independent and financially sound.” To do this, more income must be generated. For this, the club from the Eredivisie wants to start several projects.

“Renewing the stadium and thereby also creating possible extra seats,” the club mentions as one of the plans. Furthermore: “Adding social and commercial initiatives in and around the stadium; real estate development in the form of, for example, new homes for the tight Nijmegen housing market; approximately 200 rental apartments integrated in, or right next to, the stadium.”

A long-term strategy has been developed on the basis of these plans. NEC wants to be able to buy back the stadium from the municipality of Nijmegen and also continue to run financially independently in the Eredivisie. This long-term strategy is designed under the project name Our Nest.

Dallas too strong for leader Miami Heat

07:18 o’clock The Miami Heat was surprised in its own hall by the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. With Luka Doncic as the star, the leader in the eastern division of the NBA basketball competition was defeated 107-99.

Doncic scored 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists despite double coverage. Two three-pointers in the final phase, from Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber, decided the game. Both shooters scored 19 points. Dallas ended a run of five wins that had propelled Miami into the lead. He now shares it with Chicago Bulls. Jimmy Butler was the top scorer for the Miami team with 29 points.

Dallas has won five of their last six games.


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