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by Mark Zalewski
February 22, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jules wins Tour de la Provence opener; Cycling Australia appoints former Victorian premier Steve Bracks to head board; One step at a time: Teenage phenom Adrien Costa looks to build on breakthrough season; Stig Broeckx continuing to make progress in recovery; Hearing delayed for doctor at centre of UK Anti-Doping investigation; Boardman: Froome is a statesman of the sport; Liège-Bastogne-Liège announces wildcard teams, route changes; First year team Aqua Blue Sport racking up wildcard invites; Pay to watch cycling from the roadside?; Emirates joins as sponsor of Team UAE Abu Dhabi; NASCAR champions ride for cyclist safety; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Marianne Vos; Space Horse Disc – Loaded Touring.
Belgian Stig Broeckx, the Lotto Soudal rider who was left in a coma after a crash on the fourth stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour after two motorcyclists collided while trying to pass on a descent. Despite doctors’ initial prognoses he is continuing to make improvements. Team manager Marc Sergeant said in an interview with Humo that he visited him in his rehabilitation facility and was amazed by his progress.
“‘Show your boss what you can,’ his father said and Stig proudly gave a thumbs up,” said Sergeant. “I was shocked: I never thought that he would even regain consciousness.
“After the accident we got the news that it would not be good. To put it bluntly, that he would be a vegetable. When I communicated the news to the team, there was great consternation.
“When I visited him last summer, they were in a phase of voice recognition. Then I last saw him three weeks ago, and that was incredible — you can converse with him. He can not answer, but he understands everything.”
The crash was the second Broeckx suffered involving a motorcycle in 2016, and the incident became a catalyst for the recent overhaul of race vehicle protocols focused on rider safety.
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