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by Shane Stokes
June 9, 2016
Photography by Cor Vos
Hit by a motorbike in the Tour of Belgium on May 28th and in a coma ever since, Stig Broeckx appears to be finally out of danger.
The Belgian rider was in a critical condition for almost two weeks after the impact, which was actually the second time he was hit by a race motorbike this year. Broeckx was also brought down in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in February.
His Lotto Soudal team has feared for his safety but stated on Wednesday that he is making some progress.
“Since his crash in the Tour of Belgium Stig Broeckx has been kept in an induced coma in the hospital of Aachen for the past eleven days to let him recover from the crash and the surgery he had to undergo last week,” it stated.
“That operation was intended to decrease the intracranial pressure. The intracranial pressure has been under control since the operation and the situation is no longer acutely life threatening.”
However the news is not yet the end of his battle. Broeckx’s future, including his professional career, is as yet uncertain and will only be determined at a later point.
“At this moment it is not clear yet what the neurological consequences of the crash will be,” said the team. “These examinations can only take place when the condition of Stig has been stable for a long time.”
Broeckx was the best young rider in the 2013 World Ports Classic. The 26 year old was also seventh in this year’s Presidential Tour of Turkey.