General director of cycling’s Team Ineos, sir Dave Brailsford, has revealed he is recovering from prostate cancer.
Brailsford, who worked as the head of Team Sky, was diagnosed with the illness before the Tour de France in July this year.
The 55-year-old will discover the full results of the surgery on Saturday and underwent a five-hour long surgery that was open in August.
Brailsford told The Times:”There’s sure to be fear. It’s the excellent unknown. I think I am resilient, hard, I could put up with a great deal but in hospital one day I had been overwhelmed, to be honest.”
Brailsford wasn’t there to see his rider Egan Bernal victory but admits he’s struggling with tiredness, despite receiving his identification less than a week until the beginning of the Tour de France.
“One day I woke up asleep on my desk, then literally popped out on it,” he explained. “I’m thinking’that is just a hassle. I’m too busy’. I have a doctor who put back his foot.
“My mindset was ridiculous, actually, looking backagain. That was the first time that I had been stopped in my tracks.
“I might easily have got into a hole, become myself that is normally what I do. I set myself a game program. I speak about picking your attitude, to athletes. Now it was up to me personally.
“It’s easy to think’why is it happening to me?’ So that you may get sour, angry, frustrated I have worked hard in my wellbeing. I had to learn how to accept it. Speaking one of the team about it proved to be a help.
“Fortunately four or five days in, somebody sent me the ideal text:’This isn’t a test of character or motivation or just how fast you can proceed. You will need to heal. The one thing that can help that is the period’.”
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