Evenepoel suffers ‘multiple injuries’ after bridge plunge on Tour of Lombardy

Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel has endured a number of injuries after plunging several metres down into a ravine in a spectacular crash on the Tour of Lombardy Saturday, the one particular-working day typical received by Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang.

Race favourite Evenepoel missing management on the steep descent from the Colma di Sormano that prospects to the race finish at Lake Como, hitting a bridge wall and plunging 6 metres into a ravine.

The 20-year-previous was taken to the Sant-Anna medical center in Como where by he continues to be underneath observation for 24 several hours, but early assessments showed a fractured pelvis, correct lung contusion, cuts and bruising.

Deceuninck-QuickStep crew supervisor Patrick Lefevere conceded the rider’s promising year was now “nearly above”.

“Remco experienced numerous injuries,” the staff claimed.

“(He) was acutely aware at all periods as he underwent a collection of exams to reveal the extent of his personal injury.

“Regretably, the X-rays confirmed a fractured pelvis and a appropriate lung contusion, which will hold him on the sidelines for the upcoming period. 

“Our rider will keep on being in the medical center right away under observation, in advance of flying on Sunday to Belgium.”

Evenepoel experienced gained 4 stage race this period in the Tour de San Juan, Tour of the Algarve, Tour de Burgos and the Tour of Poland past weekend.

And he experienced been favourite to lift his initial ‘Monument’ race on Saturday.

Fuglsang, 35, crossed the line by yourself following the 231km race from Bergamo to Como, ending 31 seconds ahead of New Zealand’s George Bennett, driving for Jumbo-Visma.

The Dane’s Russian Astana teammate Aleksandr Vlasov was third at 51sec.

“George Bennett advised me even though we had been riding that Remco experienced fallen,” claimed Fuglsang. 

“I hope he’s all right, it is not the way you want the race to finish for anybody.

“In this hard period with races remaining rescheduled, I am delighted to have already gained anything significant.”

Photographs confirmed Evenepoel aware but grimacing in soreness ahead of remaining evacuated by ambulance, some 20 minutes soon after his tumble, sporting a neck brace.

The young rider had been amid a team of 7 at the leading of the Wall of Sormano, about fifty kilometres from the complete.

The descent was at high velocity with Evenepoel dropping control underneath strain from two-time race winner Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.

It was the next major crash in just over a week for the Deceuninck-Brief Stage staff with Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen badly injured in a horrifying tumble on the opening day of the Tour of Poland.

Jakobsen was put in a medically-induced coma but returned home to the Netherlands this week soon after going through surgical procedures.

– Nibali misses out –

Meanwhile, German Maximilian Schachmann suffered a fractured collarbone immediately after currently being struck by a automobile a several kilometres from the finish line on Saturday but the Bora-Hansgrohe rider managed to get again in the saddle to finish seventh.

The ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ which is usually held in October, took spot in the heat of August for the reason that of the rescheduled calendar.

Starting up in Bergamo, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy, with more than 16,000 deaths in the Lombardy location, a minute’s silence was observed ahead of the race started off.

Following Evenepoel’s tumble, 6 riders battled for victory.

But Fuglsang attacked on the ultimate climb in the direction of San Fermo della Battaglia denying Bennett a next acquire this 7 days just after the GranPiemonte.

“I understood I experienced a fantastic prospect these days,” claimed Fuglsang right after his 2nd ‘Monument’ acquire just after the Liege–Bastogne–Liege final year.

“It is under no circumstances quick to win and you will need to be lucky to be in the right place at the ideal time.”

Vlasov added: “With Jakob we did wonderful teamwork, we raced united and normally in front and in the finish, it paid off for us. 

“Last year I concluded third from final, this 12 months third, on the podium, a huge enhancement!”

Bennett included: “I are unable to enable but truly feel unhappy. I actually believed I could win these days.”

Defending winner Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands finished fourth.

Nibali, winner in 2015 and 2017, completed sixth with reigning Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz of Ecuador 13th at 8min 15sec.


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