• Stig Broeckx (C) of Lotto-Soudal (Sirotti)Source: Sirotti
Lotto-Soudal's Stig Broeckx is the latest rider to come off second best in an altercation with a race moto.
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Cycling Central

29 Feb 2016 - 8:56 AM  UPDATED 1 Mar 2016 - 10:54 AM

Broeckx slipped off to the side of the peloton and was struck by a medical moto as it accelerated past in the final 35km of Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

The Lotto-Soudal rider was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a displaced fracture of his right collarbone, a rib fracture and a bruised hand.

The team said Broeckx will undergo immediate surgery of the collarbone fracture and would miss several weeks of racing as he undergoes rehabilitation.

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Update: 1 March 2016  

Stig Broeckx had surgery late Sunday evening and was released from hospital yesterday. He will now miss the remainder of the spring classics season.

Lotto-Soudal sternly announced in a press release it has filed a complaint against the motorbike rider.

"The team loses an important rider who was part of the Classics core and who did a great job on Saturday and Sunday.

"Lotto Soudal regrets the collision and the speed of the motor while passing by the group of riders. The team emphasizes that the road was wide enough and wonders if the motor rider should have been on that place at that time.

"Lotto Soudal hopes that after the succession of events the past few months and because of what happened yesterday during Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne the theme ‘safety’ won’t only be further discussed between organisations, teams and their interest groups, federations and the international cycling union, but that soon also concrete measures will be taken to increase the safety of the riders."