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by Neal Rogers
October 23, 2017
Wellens wins Tour of Guangxi queen stage, takes overall lead; Canola makes history with back-to-back wins at Japan Cup races; Van der Poel solos to victory at Koksijde World Cup; Kaptheijns dominates women’s field at Koksijde to take first World Cup win; Wells and Welsford win Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland; Moped drove over Bakelants’ legs after 11 fractured bones at Lombardia; Tour de L’Ardeche winner Lucy Kennedy signs with Orica-Scott; Video: Tacks sprinkled across race course at Tour of Guangxi.
If it weren’t bad enough that Jan Bakelants suffered fractures to seven ribs, two dorsal vertebrae, and two lumbar vertebrae in a horrific crash at Il Lombardia, the Belgian rider has detailed something farcical which happened afterwards.
“When they had taken me out of the ravine, someone drove a moped over my leg,” he told Sporza. “I think I may say that I have been lucky enough that nothing more serious has happened after the fall. All the circumstances to make things worse were there.
“When I was back on the asphalt, someone wanted to pass with a moped. That man did not control the situation. He thought he had put his vehicle in neutral, but still shot straight and drove over my leg. I find it absurd that such a thing can be in a WorldTour race. Afterward, I have not received any apologies.”
Bakelants was the most badly hurt in the crash on the descent of the Muro di Sormano. The Ag2r La Mondiale rider was transported home to Belgium 10 days ago and underwent emergency surgery to stabilise his spinal fractures. He told Sporza that he hopes that he recovers well from this point, but that it will take a month before doctors do further scans and can verify if the surgery has been a success.
“The doctors have confidence in it, but they cannot, of course, give 100% guarantees,” he said. “Now the hope is that my body does the necessary work. Only when that happens can I start planning when I could possibly be the old me again.”
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