As was reported earlier, six Giant-Alpecin riders were hit by a car while training near Calpe in Spain on Saturday; the team has now clarified their identities and given an update on their condition.
Those involved were Warren Barguil (France), John Degenkolb and Max Walscheid of Germany, American Chad Haga, the Swede Fredrik Ludvigsson and Dutchman Ramon Sinkeldam.
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“During the training ride, a car coming the other direction rode into the group of riders head on,” said the team, making clear they were not to blame. “The riders were riding side by side on their own side of the road.”
Media reports suggest the driver of the car was a British woman.
All six riders are being treated in one of two hospitals, and their conditions are stated to be stable.
Team doctor Anko Boelen has given the most recent update, with more news to follow.
“Everyone on the team is in shock right now, and there are some major issues that we need to take care of,” he said. “But we also realize that we have had some luck on our side.
“Everyone is conscious, stable and approachable, but we are waiting for the latest information and [to] consult the doctors in those hospitals about the treatments needed for the riders.”
John Degenkolb has a forearm fracture and a cut on his upper leg. He also had surgery to save a finger that was nearly severed in the incident.
Chad Haga was airlifted to hospital and had surgery on a wound to his neck and chin. He will have surgery later on a fractured eye socket.
Max Walscheid has a fractured hand and tibia and will likely require surgery.
According to French publication Le Télégramme, Barguil’s agent has spoken about his injuries.
“Warren is suffering from a broken wrist, although this remains to be confirmed,” stated Sébastien Michon, who is also his uncle.
“Fortunately, that would be his only fracture. He was also hit in the knee. It’s a flesh wound, doctors prefer to think positively. One thing is certain, the worst has been avoided.
“He was shocked. The car hit them head on, she did not even have time to brake. The impact was violent.”
He added that Barguil said that the riders couldn’t do anything to avoid the collision.
Fredrik Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam appear to be best off with scratches and bruises all over their bodies.