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by Matt de Neef
April 9, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan wins Paris-Roubaix after long-range attack; Michael Goolaerts dies after Paris-Roubaix heart attack; Amy Pieters wins the Healthy Ageing Tour; Primoz Roglic wins the Itzulia Basque Country, Enric Mas claims final stage; James Whelan wins the U23 Tour of Flanders; Australia tops Commonwealth Games track cycling medal tally; Matteo Trentin suffers spinal fracture at Roubaix; Lawson Craddock crashes into a car; Bill Chaffey takes Commonwealth Games paratriathlon bronze despite handcycle crash; The hands of a Paris-Roubaix cyclist; Sagan the mobile mechanic.
Matteo Trentin’s Mitchelton-Scott team has confirmed that the Italian has sustained a stable compression fracture of his thoracic spine after crashing in yesterday’s Paris-Roubaix. The Italian crashed heavily on the d’Haveluy a Wallers sector of cobbles with 100km left in the race, before being put in a neck brace and transported to hospital.
“Matteo has a fracture in the thoracic region but thankfully the fracture is stable,” said Mitchelton-Scott head doctor Robbart van Linschoten. “We will further consult with a neurosurgeon tomorrow before determining the best course of action from here.
“Whilst he will need some recovery time, I think we need to thankful that he doesn’t have anything more serious.”
Trentin was grateful for the support he received: “I want to thank the ambulance team that treated me on the scene. They were incredible, and kind. I couldn’t have asked for better treatment and support. Obviously it’s a setback, but it’s just an injury and something that will heal. For that we have to be thankful.”
Trentin will spend another few days in hospital in a thoracic brace before returning home.