Tiesj Benoot crashes while training in Italy, suffers fractures

The Belgian's season appears to be over but reports suggest the injuries are not life threatening.

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Jumbo-Visma’s Tiesj Benoot crashed while training in Italy on Monday, suffering multiple fractures and other injuries. None are believed to be life threatening.

The Belgian was flown home on Monday and his team has not yet made an official statement regarding the extent of his injuries or the precise nature of the crash, other than the fact that it happened on a descent. It is unclear, according to a report in Het Laatste Nieuws, whether a vehicle was involved. According to the HLN report, the injuries are significant enough that he will not race again this season.

Following a break after Jumbo’s incredibly successful Tour de France, Benoot was in northern Italy for an altitude training camp ahead of the last part of his season. He was scheduled to take on the Deutschland Tour following by the two Canadian one-days, the GP Québec and GP Montréal.

On Tuesday morning Benoot released a statement.

“First of all, I want to let everyone know that I’m doing ok,” he began.

“Yesterday I was involved in a crash in the Italian Alps. I’m now in the hospital, receiving good medical care to recover from the crash. Despite the seriousness of the situation – examinations showed that I suffered a small fracture in my neck – I was never in a life-threatening situation and I am stable.

“Thanks everyone, for sending me all your kind messages. In the following weeks, I will fully focus on my recovery.”

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