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by Shane Stokes
August 2, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Ewan wins stage four of the Tour of Poland; Landa takes stage one of the Vuelta a Burgos; Aru to lead Astana team at Vuelta a España; Hermans recovering from concussion and multiple fractures; Kennaugh and Oss ink contracts with Bora-hansgrohe; Movistar signs Argentinian climber Sepúlveda; Dunbar to make pro debut with Aqua Blue Sport; Cookson expresses confidence about re-election chances; Zwift Academy expands to men’s cycling, contract with Dimension Data under 23 team up for grabs; Wahoo Fitness launches new ELEMNT MINI bike computer; Merida announces voluntary fork recall: 2017 Scultura CF2 models; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” Episode 6: Mt. Hamilton
BMC Racing Team rider Ben Hermans had a serious crash on Monday’s third stage of the Tour of Poland, hitting the deck hard and suffering extensive damage. The Belgian rider fell on a descent and lost consciousness for a time, as well as fracturing multiple bones and breaking three teeth.
“I don’t really remember anything directly after the crash but what I think happened was we were going down the descent of the first climb at high speeds,” he explained. “We went into a wide corner and riders started to panic and brake really hard. I don’t think the corner was dangerous, it was doable. But I was close to the rider in front of me and I had to veer to the right, and so I went out of the corner and hit the rail.”
BMC Racing Team Doctor Daniele Zaccaria said that he was transferred to the Szpital Wojewodzki hospital immediately after his crash, and that extensive scans were carried out in order to identify his injuries. “X-Rays revealed a fractured right wrist, a fractured left hallux (big toe) and a fracture on his sternum,” he said.
“He also has three broken teeth and many contusions, including facial contusions, sustained in the crash. Fortunately, CT and abdominal scans revealed no broken vertebrae or internal bleeding so Ben is quite lucky to escape with the injuries he has.”
Hermans’ experienced a brief loss of consciousness. Zaccaria said that his concussion will continue to be monitored. He said no surgery is required at this point, and that he will be transferred to a larger hospital in Krakow or in Belgium when it is possible to do so. He envisages that he will be off the bike for at least four to six weeks, although he underlined that this is approximate and could change.