Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

May 30, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Vincenzo Nibali wins the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Dries Devenyns crowned Belgium Tour winner; Megan Guarnier and Greg Daniel win US National Road titles; Anthony Giacoppo victorious in Tour of Japan prologue; Gracie Elvin claims her second consecutive win at Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik; Lizzie Armiststead wins the Boels Rental Hills Classic; Rachel Neylan solos to GP de Plumelec victory; Stig Broeckx in a coma after Belgium Tour pile-up; Bahrain Cycling Team one step closer to reality; Brian Cookson worried Rio Olympic velodrome won’t be ready in time; Mario Cipollini on the state of modern sprinting; Orica-GreenEdge Backstage Pass – Giro d’Italia stage 20.

Stig Broeckx in a coma after Belgium Tour pile-up

by Neal Rogers

Lotto Soudal rider Stig Broeckx remains in hospital in a coma after a huge crash on stage 3 of the Baloise Belgium Tour; a crash that saw the stage cancelled.

According to Het Laatste Nieuws, the crash was caused when two motorcycles were trying to overpass the bunch and the lead motorcycle braked suddenly, causing the second moto to strike it from behind. Dozens of riders then went down, causing the race to be neutralised, and then cancelled.


In a press statement, Lotto Soudal team doctor Servaas Bingé said that Broeckx did not have a fractured skull as first suspected, but that he did have brain injury, and was in a coma.

“A scan was taken at the hospital and it showed that Stig has two bleedings in his brain,” Bingé said. “Stig is in a non-induced coma, but for the moment he doesn’t need to undergo surgery. He doesn’t have a skull fracture, but he does have a fractured eye socket, which will be further evaluated later. At this point, it is very difficult to give a prognosis about a full recovery. The next 24 hours he will be very closely monitored.”

It’s yet another incident in a season that has already been marred by several incidents with race motorcycles, including the death of Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié, at Gent-Wevelgem. Broeckx himself was hit by a moto earlier in the year, at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

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