McCarthy and Hosking win Cadel’s; Vakoc’s spinal surgery: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

January 29, 2018

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jay McCarthy becomes the first Australian to win the men’s Cadel’s Race; Chloe Hosking earns Commonwealth Games selection with Cadel’s Race win; Jelle Wallays wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan; John Degenkolb wins the final day of Challenge Mallorca; Toms Skujins solos to first victory with Trek-Segafredo; Van der Poel and Cant win at Hoogerheide CX World Cup; Peter Vakoc undergoes successful spinal surgery after training crash; Bob Jungels on the QuickStep Floors training camp crash; The beauty of the unsteered bicycle; Small bike, big character.

Petr Vakoc undergoes successful spinal surgery after training crash

by CyclingTips

After breaking several vertebrae when he was hit by a truck in training last week, Czech rider Petr Vakoc (QuickStep Floors) has successfully undergone surgery in South Africa. Vakoc will spend 10 days in hospital before flying back to Europe for his recovery.

Happy to share with you that my appetite is healthy already! Very grateful for the incredible amount of support I have been receiving. Especially from @koenpelgrim1 @bobjungels @laurensdeplus & Peter de Conick who are here and the whole @quickstep_team. I have already felt like having my family here even before my mum and bro @mvakoc made the long trip here. Huge thanks to the medical staff of the hospital and ambulance who have been doing amazing job, many kind people who were around and our hosts at @hopshollow who have been taking perfect care of us since we arrived and on top of it sent this amazing carrot cake. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of messages and encouragement I have received from all of you! Thank you! I really appreciate it!

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“Petr Vakoc underwent surgery at the Mediclinic Nelspruit to stabilize the broken vertebrae he sustained during his Thursday training ride in South Africa, when he was clipped by a truck,” a team statement read. “Stable and conscious after the accident in which also teammate Laurens De Plus was involved, the 25-year-old Czech went into surgery Friday afternoon and spent the entire night under observation, before being awakened by the doctors on Saturday.

“The post-surgery tests conducted this morning showed Petr responding to all stimuli, moving and talking with the doctors, who deemed the intervention a success. Now, the Quick-Step Floors rider will spend ten more days in the hospital before traveling back to Europe.”

Vakoc had been out training with De Plus and Bob Jungels in South Africa when the incident occurred. Jungels did not crash but De Plus suffered pulmonary and kidney contusions.