Disaster at Giant-Alpecin training camp; one seriously injured after vehicle strikes riders

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At least one Giant-Alpecin rider was transported by helicopter to a hospital near Calpe, Spain, Saturday after a head-on collision with a vehicle during a team training camp.

A photo, on Spanish news site Informacion, shows several damaged team bikes and equipment strewn about. That report claims that six riders were injured, one “seriously injured” after being run over by a car.

The seriously injured rider was transported to the hospital San Juan de Alicante, Informacion reports, while the rest of the injured riders were rushed to the Hospital of Dénia. (Click here for a translated version of the Informacion story.)

The team’s Twitter account reports that “some riders involved in the crash went to the hospital for a check,” adding that all riders “are in stable condition.”

Based on those riders competing at the Tour Down Under, the following riders were possibly attending the team camp: Søren Kragh Anderen, Nikias Arndt, Warren Barguil, Roy Curvers, John Degenkolb, Tom Dumoulin, Caleb Fairly, Johannes Frohlinger, Chad Haga, Fredrik Ludvigsson, Sindre Skjøstad Lunke, Sam Oomen, Ramon Sinkledam, Tom Stamsnijder, Albert Timmer, Tom Veelers, Zico Waeytens, and Max Walschief.

French media is reporting that Barguil was one of the riders injured.

Those not in Australia or Spain include Laurens Ten Dam, who is training in California, and Lars van der Haar, who is focusing on his cyclocross season.

Italian cycling site Cicloweb.it reports that the driver was a “woman of British origin.”

CyclingTips will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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