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by Matt de Neef
October 9, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins Il Lombardia; Matteo Trentin victorious at Paris-Tours; Matej Mohoric wins the inaugural Hong Kong Challenge; Bakelants, Petilli, Martinez injured after crashing into ravine at Il Lombardia; Nacer Bouhanni apologises for Paris-Bourges altercation with Rudy Barbier; Cameron Meyer’s road (and track) to the Commonwealth Games; Kathrin Hammes completes 2018 Drops Cycling roster; Number of pedestrians fatally or seriously injured by cyclists has doubled since 2006; Stray oBikes being crushed by City of Melbourne; Danny MacAskill to feature in BBC documentary on the human body.
Saturday’s Il Lombardia was a memorable day for Vincenzo Nibali, for all the right reasons. Others, though, won’t look back on the race so fondly. With 35km to go, TV cameras captured vision of Belgium’s Laurens De Plus (QuickStep Floors) missing a corner on a narrow, winding descent, hitting the guardrail and flipping into the ravine below.
Thankfully the Belgian wasn’t too badly hurt, with contusions to his right knee the only real damage. Others weren’t so lucky. Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates), Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) and Daniel Martinez (Wilier Triestina) all crashed at the same spot, with Bakelants the most seriously injured.
The Ag2r La Mondiale rider fell deeper into the ravine than De Plus, breaking several bones. The team’s doctor, Eric Bouvat, said of Bakelants’ injuries:
“After an x-ray and CT scan, the following injuries have been detected: Seven rib fractures, though without any impact on the lungs. A compression-fracture of the first lumbar vertebra and the third lumbar vertebra, the latter of which will require additional examination.”
Petilli sustained concussion, a fractured right occipital condyle (a bone in his neck), a fractured vertebrae, broken collarbone and shoulder blade. Daniel Martinez managed to escape serious injury.