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