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Milan – Sanremo and Paris-Roubaix champion John Degenkolb has said that he went close to losing his finger in the serious accident suffered by him and five of his Giant-Alpecin team-mates on Saturday.
Following rumours that the collision with an oncoming car during the team’s training camp in Calpe had resulted in crush injuries to his hand and could lead to the amputation of one digit, he clarified the situation via his Facebook page.
“Because of the many well-wishes and messages to me, I want to briefly update things,” he stated. “I’m all right, considering the circumstances. Earlier wounds to my thigh, forearm and lip were stitched together under general anaesthetic.
“Now I’m in the ambulance heading to Valencia, where my left index finger should be fixed in a bigger hospital. It was barely hanging on to my hand. I don’t remember much.”
Degenkolb’s optimism is reassuring, and his supporters will hope that there will be no lasting nerve damage. The German wished his team-mates well.
He, Chad Haga, Warren Barguil, Max Walscheid, Fredrik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam were the riders who were hit by an oncoming car during their training ride. The driver is reported as being a British woman who, according to the team, was driving on the wrong side of the road.
Giant-Alpecin gave an update earlier, but is yet to detail the injuries. The team said it would do so once doctors were consulted.
According to French publication Le Télégramme, Barguil’s agent and uncle Sébastien Michon said he had a suspected fractured wrist.
Media reports have stated that Haga was airlifted to hospital due to neck injuries. His condition is fortunately understood to be stable.