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by Mark Zalewski
March 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Strength in numbers: Quick-Step goes 1-2 from breakaway at Dwars Door Vlaanderen; Lotta Lepistö wins Dwars door Vlaanderen; Valverde wins in Catalunya, Van Garderen into lead; Movistar team responds to Catalunya TTT relegation; Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire; Lars Boom ‘In Astana I lacked the necessary support’; Reijnen comes away with a few stitches after crashing into ditch at Dwars door Vlaanderen; British amateur cyclist suspended two years for doping positive; Cylance men’s team to race entirely on disc brakes; Trofeo Alfredo Binda highlights; Kenny Belaey rides the UCI HQ; Video: Flanders Classics 2016 compilation.
American Kiel Reijnen (Trek-Segafredo) found himself pushed out of the peloton during Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, riding off the road into the grass. But before he could come to a stop he came upon a ditch that sent him tumbling down and into a barbed wire fence.
The TV commentators said he was transported to hospital and from the initial pictures it looked like a bad crash. Fortunately, it looked worse than it actually was and he came away with only a few stitches.
“Honestly when I saw the barbwire I thought it was gonna be a lot worse,” he Tweeted.
“Just on my arm … from the barbwire. Few more cuts but I had arm warmers on so could have been worse. Convinced the doctor to let me do [the stiches] myself!”
The 30-year-old is in his second year at the WorldTour level. He recently finished top-ten on a sprint stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.