Cycling: Serious fall on Tour of the Basque Country – Vingegaard and Evenpoel in hospital

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Tour winner Vingegaard transported away in an ambulance after a serious fall

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A violent fall overshadowed the fourth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country. Several top drivers had to finish the race

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Several cycling stars suffer a bad fall on a descent on the Tour of the Basque Country. Tour winner Jonas Vingegaard remains motionless and is later taken away in an ambulance. The pictures give rise to fears of the worst.

Another serious accident rocks cycling. Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard and the two stars Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic were involved in a dramatic crash on the Tour of the Basque Country. On the fourth stage on Thursday, several riders fell in a right-hand bend around 35 kilometers from the finish in Legutio and slipped into a concrete ditch. The Dane Vingegaard apparently suffered the worst, lying motionless on the ground for a long time and was finally transported to an ambulance on a stretcher after minutes of treatment.

The pictures of Tour champion Vingegaard caused the greatest concern. The Dane rushed into the ditch in the right-hand bend almost without braking. Vingegaard is on the way to the hospital, his Visma team said. There was initially no more detailed information about the severity of the injuries. According to sports director Frans Maassen, Vingegaard is conscious.

Evenepoel was also taken to the hospital. The Belgian time trial world champion initially maneuvered around the ditch cleverly, but then fell on the grass. Giro winner Roglic, who was wearing the yellow jersey, limped on the road after the crash, but was at least able to leave the scene of the accident in the team car of the German Bora-hansgrohe racing team. He gave a thumbs up as he left.

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The crash occurred around 35 kilometers from the finish in Legutio in a right-hand bend. Natnael Tesfatsion from Eritrea was the first rider to slip, then around a dozen other riders fell. In addition to Vingegaard, the Australian Jay Vine also had it worse. The professional cyclist was conscious, his UAE team said.

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Roglic, who was wearing the first overall yellow jersey, was involved in a violent crash on the third stage on Wednesday. But he went back to the start bandaged. The Tour of the Basque Country, which ends on Saturday in Eibar, is seen by Vingegaard and his competitors as a preparation race for the Tour de France in the summer.

Kämna in intensive care after accident

Cycling was once again overshadowed by a bad crash just around a week after the serious fall of Belgian star Wout van Aert. The Belgian suffered several broken ribs and a broken collarbone in the semi-classic Across Flanders at the end of March. Van Aert will be out for weeks.

On Wednesday, Lennard Kämna suffered “numerous injuries” in his training accident in Tenerife. The German professional cyclist is now in a stable condition. This was announced by his Bora-hansgrohe team. “He is awake, responsive and able to communicate. He is receiving optimal care in the hospital in Tenerife and will be monitored in the intensive care unit in the coming days. Members of the family and the team are with him,” it said.

According to the German racing team, an oncoming vehicle gave way to Kämna when turning. The 27-year-old from Bremen was with the training group at the time.


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