Only a month ago, six Giant-Alpecin riders, including Milan San Remo and Paris Roubaix winner John Degenkolb were taken to hospital after being struck by a motorist while training in southern Spain. It's happened again.
20 Feb 2016 - 12:36 PM  UPDATED 20 Feb 2016 - 1:05 PM

This time to Lotto-Soudal riders Gert Dockx and Thomas de Gendt in Calpe, Spain. The riders explain what happened in their own words:

Gert Dockx:

“We were riding next to each other, Thomas on the left and I on the right. The car came from the right and appeared to be stopping.

In a fraction of a second I thought the front of the car was quite far on the main road, but before we realized we got hit by the car.

Because the car came from the right especially my right leg was hit by the bumper. I can lean on the leg, but walking is difficult. I hope I don’t have any fractures, but further tests will have to determine that.”

Caption: My helmet saved me from worse injuries - Thomas de Gendt on Instagram

Thomas De Gendt:

“I mainly have a sore neck, back, wrist and fingers. I think that thanks to our helmet we don’t have a head injury. I hope I don’t have any severe fractures, but further tests are needed to conclude that.

Our bikes are broken, but we were lucky after all, it could have been much worse. We were riding on the main road, so that the car – coming from a side street – should have stopped. The riders of Vastgoedservice are staying in the same hotel as us. Kevin Hulsmans, sports director of Vastgoedservice, took care of us and took us to hospital, we are grateful for that.”

Team doctor Servaas Binge confirmed the injuries were not life threatening and said de Gendt and Dockx were able to travel back to Belgium for further tests. 

"Afterwards we’ll be able to tell how severe the injuries are and how long the riders have to remain out of competition. They definitely have bruises and abrasions, but I can’t rule out the possibility that they have fractures as well,' he said. 

Saturday 20 Feb 2016

Tinkoff's Oscar Gatto defeated Ben Swift (Sky) by more than a bike length to win Stage 3 of the Ruta del Sol. 

Due to consistency, Swift now wears the leader's jersey. This is Tinkoff's second win at this event after Daniele Bennati's sprint finish on Stage 1. 

 
 
 

Can't help but be inspired when watching Caroline Buchanan. She takes us behind the scenes while she trains.   

 

Can you remember your first bike? I can. I always thought my first bike was a BMX from Repco bought in 1982. But it looks like I got my sister's hand me down bike to use for a while. Cycling Australia are running a competition to help launch their new program Let's Ride. The details are below.  Give it a go.