Your Monday Daily News Digest

by CyclingTips

August 1, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Mollema wins Clasica San Sebastian; Kirsten Wild wins women’s Prudential RideLondon; Boonen speeds in to win Prudential Ride London Classic; Valgren continues Tinkoff team’s overall success in Tour of Denmark; Sergiy Lagkuti wins the Tour of Qinghai Lake; Ulissi beats Yates to win Circuito de Getxo Memorial Ricardo Otxoa; Clarke triumphs on stage three of Volta a Portugal; RideLondon sportif crashes delay pro men’s race; Post-Tour crits: The pro wrestling of cycling; The inner workings of the post-Tour de France criteriums; Transcontinental No.4 has begun; Girdlestone still battling effects of severe crash: ‘The most testing 8 weeks of my life’; Altitude Training Camp 2016 – An Post Chain Reaction  

Girdlestone still battling effects of severe crash: ‘The most testing 8 weeks of my life’

by VeloClub

He went close to being killed in a crash in Italy on June 5 and now, almost two months later, Keagan Girdlestone has shown remarkable fighting spirit as he details the battle he faced.


The 19 year old South African hit a race vehicle on a descent in the Coppa della Pace. Initial reports on social media suggested that he might have succumbed to his injuries, but these proved to be false. He spent over a week in a coma and still faces a long road ahead in his recovery.

“As most of you probably already know, I was in a pretty bad accident 8 weeks ago that nearly ended my life,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “This has been the most testing 8 weeks of my life and the first few weeks were very dark, probably because I was sleeping most of it or have little memory of what happened in those weeks.

“During that time I was hallucinating and the things I thought I saw make me worry about myself. And the things I apparently said, ‘mum these nurses are trying to f’ing kill me’ – luckily they are Italian and speak little to no English haha.

“Anyway back to being serious. I should be dead. It’s a miracle I’m able to walk, talk (very softly as my vocal cord is damaged) and have brain functionality. Over the last few weeks, since I can remember, I don’t think I’ve ever cried or lost my temper so quickly in my life. I guess that’s what it feels like to have PMS (ladies, am I right?) During this experience of me not having functionality in my right arm and uncontrollable shaking of the left hand when I try to use it, I have begun to appreciate the small things in life.

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