In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bennett wins Paris-Nice, stage 3; An interview with Paul Kimmage: Team Sky’s charade has been exposed; “I was officially burnt out”: Time to stop and look at the bigger picture; Noticeable split among Team Sky riders in voicing support of Brailsford; Gianni Savio continues fight for Giro invite; Janse van Rensburg abandons Paris-Nice after crash; Colorado Classic to be televised, streamed; Rupert Guinness to race across Australia; Second attempt at Year Record for rider two years after first try ended in crash; Research finds air pollution worse for drivers than cyclists on London roadway; 2017 Paris-Nice, stage 3 highlights; No Ordinary Night Film Contest 2016/17 – The Winners.
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South African champion Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Dimension Data) was forced to abandon Paris-Nice after a crash on stage three caused by a touch of wheels took him down. While he seemed uninjured following the crash, doctors appeared to be concerned with a possible head injury.
— Team Dimension Data (@TeamDiData) March 7, 2017
After the crash he remained on the ground for an extended period of time, but after he got to his feet he seemed to want to continue. However, medical staff from both the team and race instead pulled him off to the side of the road.
While in the past a rider would likely be allowed to continue, the new focus on head injuries was clearly evident in this case. Doctors were seen conferring on the side of the road and took their time in assessing Janse van Rensburg’s condition. At one point Janse van Rensburg was even given a new bike to continue, but doctors continued to speak with him at length and erred on the side of caution, resulting in him leaving the race
The UCI requires race doctors to adhere to SCAT 3 (Standardized Assessment of Concussion) guidelines established at the fourth International Conference on Concussion in Sport, held in Zurich in November 2012. A standardized tool for evaluating injured athletes for concussion, the SCAT 3 calculates a score from a range of 22 symptoms..
“[Reinardt] will now undergo further examinations to determine his injuries,” a team statement said. “More information will be given when it’s available.”