Team News – Giant Alpecin Crash Update


After being struck head on by a car on the wrong side of the road, Giant Alpecin report on the riders involved in the crash

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Team News – Giant Alpecin Crash Update

Team Giant-Alpecin reports that Warren Barguil (Fra), Fredrik Ludvigsson (Swe), Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) and Max Walscheid (Ger) have left the hospital in Spain and are currently traveling home.

“Warren is doing relatively well,” said team physician Anko Boelens (NED). “In France he will undergo an additional examination to determine whether surgery is needed on his fractured scaphoid. His recovery will take a minimum of six weeks, after which he can restart his buildup to competition level. Fredrik has multiple bruised ribs, as well as bruises and scratches all over his body.

Ramon is recovering from cuts on his knee and chin, which have been stitched, and wounds and bruises all over his body. Max will have additional examinations in Germany on his tibia and thumb, which are fractured. He is expected to need surgery, and his recovery will also take some months.

Chad Haga (USA) and John Degenkolb (Ger) are still in the hospital for treatment.

“Chad did well over the night. He had a successful surgery on his neck and chin wounds and is completely approachable. In several days to one week, he will have surgery on his orbital fracture too. Until then, and to recover following the orbital surgery, he will stay in the hospital for treatment.

“After yesterday’s successful surgery on a cut in his upper leg, John had operations on his hand and fractured forearm this morning, which were successful. He will travel to Germany in the next few days for further treatment to his arm and hand. Then he will also start his recovery process. His immediate focus will be on recovery, which will take time, but it’s difficult to make an estimation at this point.”

CEO Iwan Spekenbrink (NED) said: “Obviously yesterday’s accident had a huge impact on the team. The recovery of the riders is the first priority, as well as the emotional processing of the event for those who were there. It is clear that the team has been set back some months. It will certainly take time for the team to return to full strength, but everybody will work hard, dedicated and closely together to get there.”



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