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Concussions and broken bones are the outcome of what was a nasty crash during the BORA-hansgrohe training camp in Spain after a collision with a vehicle.
SBS Cycling Central

18 Jan 2021 - 7:49 AM 

Reports began to emerge yesterday of a bad crash during the BORA-hansgrohe training camp, with confirmed details few before a statement from the team was released.

One group of the BORA-hansgrohe team was training just south of Lake Garda. That group that included Schillinger, Wilco Kelderman, Rüdiger Selig, Marcus Burghardt, Anton Palzer, Maximilian Schachmann and Michael Schwarzmann all of whom hit the deck when a vehicle unexpectedly turned into them as they were finishing up their ride.

BORA-hansgrohe confirmed the news, and gave a diagnosis of the injuries sustained by the worst affected, Wilco Kelderman, Rüdiger Selig and Andreas Schillinger.

"Today during training, several of our riders were involved in an accident with a car, which crossed the road and rode into our training group," read the statement. "Wilco Kelderman, Rüdiger Selig and Andreas Schillinger were taken to hospital, all conscious.

"Wilco sustained a concussion and a fractured vertebrae. Andreas sustained broken vertebrae in the cervical and thoracic spine. For both riders, we're aiming for conservative treatment. Rudi has also sustained a concussion, but no fractures."

Ide Schelling who had just dropped off the ride, rather than do the extra half hour that others had scheduled gave some details of what he had heard to Dutch broadcaster NOS.

"That motorist was at a stop sign, but he just didn't look at all and drove the whole group over like that," said Schelling. "No one really saw it, except for the boys. It was soon clear that it was a serious accident and not just a small crash.

"It is also not nothing if you drive thirty or forty kilometers per hour on a flat road and a car hits you at a reasonable speed."

The training camp was due to conclude for the team that day in any case, one of many being conducted by WorldTour teams in Spain.