Sir Dave Brailsford reveals prostate cancer diagnosis before Tour de France


Sir Dave Brailsford, general director of biking’s Team Ineos, has shown he’s recovering from prostate cancer.
Brailsford, who worked as the head of Team Sky, was diagnosed with the disease prior to the Tour de France in July this year.
The 55-year-old will detect the full results of that operation on Saturday and experienced a long open surgery in August.
Brailsford told The Times:”There’s bound to be fear. It’s the unknown that is wonderful. I think I am resilient, tough, I could put up having a lot but in hospital I had been helpless, to tell the truth.”
Brailsford wasn’t there to watch his rider Egan Bernal complete success but admits he is struggling with intense fatigue, despite receiving his diagnosis a week before the beginning of the Tour de France.
“One day I woke up asleep on my desk, literally crashed out onto it,” he said. “I am thinking’this is just a hassle. I am too busy’. I have a doctor who put his foot down.
“My mindset was absurd, actually, looking back. This was the first time.
“I could easily have got into a pit, become myself which is normally what I do. I set myself a game program. I talk about choosing your mindset to athletes. Now it was up to me.
“It’s easy to think’why’s it happening to me?’ So it is possible to get sour, angry, frustrated I have worked hard on my wellbeing. I had to learn to accept it. Talking one of the team about it was a huge help.
“Luckily four or five times in, somebody sent me the ideal text’This isn’t a test of personality or motivation or how quickly you can go. You have to cure. The one thing which can help that is the time’.”

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