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Brailsford recovering from cancer surgery

Brailsford recovering from cancer surgery
By Eurosport

13/09/2019 at 08:36Updated 13/09/2019 at 08:58

Sir Dave Brailsford has revealed he underwent surgery for prostate cancer after being diagnosed with the illness just before this year’s Tour de France.

The Team Ineos boss confirmed he had surgery on a tumour after blood tests indicated the 55-year-old may have the cancer.

Brailsford, who oversaw Team GB's transformation into a cycling force at the Olympics, underwent a five-hour long open surgery last month.

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However, he claims the diagnosis – which he received a week before the Tour de France, in which his rider Egan Bernal went on to win – has helped him rethink his work-life balance.

Brailsford said: "There's bound to be fear. It's the great unknown. I think I'm resilient, tough, I can put up with a lot but in hospital one day I was overwhelmed, to be honest.

"One day I woke up asleep on my desk, literally crashed out on it. I'm thinking 'this is just a hassle. I'm too busy'. Luckily I have a brilliant doctor who put his foot down.

" My attitude had been ridiculous, really, looking back. That was the first time I was stopped in my tracks."

"I could easily have got into a hole, gone into myself which is normally what I do. I set myself a game plan. I talk to athletes about choosing your attitude. Now it was up to me.

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" It's easy to think 'why is it happening to me?' I've worked hard on my health so you can get bitter, angry, frustrated. I had to learn to accept it. Talking about it among the team was a massive help."

"Luckily four or five days in, someone sent me the perfect text: 'This is not a test of personality or motivation or how fast you can go. You need to heal. The only thing that can help that is time'."

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