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by Shane Stokes

January 27, 2018

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QuickStep riders hospitalised after being hit by a truck

by Shane Stokes

Laurens de Plus (pictured) was injured along with Petr Vakoc.

QuickStep Floors duo Laurens De Plus and Petr Vakoc have been injured after being hit by a truck while training in South Africa, and have been taken to hospital. The duo were riding with Bob Jungels when a truck passed from behind, clipped De Plus and Vakoc, and sent them crashing to the ground.

“The three of us were out training, when suddenly I heard a loud noise and then in the following second I saw Laurens and Petr on the ground,” said Jungels. “I did not see the truck coming from behind, but it must have hit them with the left front mirror or even the front left part.

“I ran to them and could see they were injured, so I did not dare to move them. A lady who was on the side of the road came and helped us, calling the ambulance, while our trainer Koen and I talked with them. It was really tough to see them like that and I hope they will get over this difficult moment soon. I wish them a fast recovery.”

Team trainer Koen Pelgrim quckly tended to the riders, who were both conscious. They were taken to the Mediclinic Nelspruit, where their injuries were assessed. Vakoc was the most badly hurt, with scans showing that he had suffered several fractured vertebrae. He will be operated on later today.

De Plus did not have any broken bones, but had multiple abrasions and a minor pulmonary and kidney contusion. QuickStep Floors states that he will be kept under observation, but he is expected to be released from hospital in the coming days.

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