Dutch cycling is worried about track world champion Amy Pieters after a serious training accident. As the country’s association announced on Christmas Eve, the 30-year-old was put into an artificial coma after an operation. Pieters had been seriously injured in the head in an accident in Spain the day before. Reliable medical prognoses are currently difficult, it said in the message, only after the waking up process can further information about the health of the injured athlete be given.
According to the association, the incident occurred during a road training session for the Dutch national rail team in Calpe, Spain. Amy Pieters had an emergency operation immediately after the fall in nearby Alicante, said her team SD Worx. In recent years, Pieters and Kirsten Wild have won the world championship title in two-man team driving Madison three times in a row, most recently two months ago in Roubaix, France. At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, both of them narrowly missed a medal in fourth place this year. Amy Pieters also enjoyed success in road racing.