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by Mark Zalewski
November 15, 2016
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Lotto Soudal manager Marc Sergeant posted a review of the 2016 season for the team, discussing both the good and the not. While the team had some highlights, like two Tour de France stage wins out of 21 total, the crash of Stig Broeckx in the Tour of Belgium in the spring overshadowed a lot of the good.
“The two stage wins in the Tour de France are without any doubt the highlights of the past season: Thomas De Gendt triumphing on the Mont Ventoux and the victory of André Greipel on the Champs-Elysées,” he wrote. “If, as a team, you can chose two stages you would like to win, it are certainly these two.
“The crash of Stig Broeckx in the Tour of Belgium and its consequences are a jet black page in the history of our team and in my career as a manager.
“This incident has deeply marked all the riders and the staff members. Stig will always be one of us no matter what. Together with his girlfriend, family and doctors we hope that, by taking small steps, he will be able to lead a decent life, as his parents communicated earlier.”
Broeckx suffered a severe head injury in a crash involving race motos at the Tour of Belgium. He was put in an induced coma and has since showed some small signs of recovery.
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