It looks like the Bora-Hansgrohe cycling team won’t have to change their plans for the 2021 season yet, despite the nasty accident of seven of its riders at the end of a training camp near Lake Garda in Italy.
Until the unsuspecting cyclists, fellow Sagan brothers, a car crashed on the road.
His water swept through the stem, and three of them caused injuries requiring hospitalization.
Dutchman Wilco Kelderman, who should be the leader in the overall standings at this year’s Tour de France, has a broken vertebra. Andreas Schillinger, on the other hand, suffered vertebral fractures in the cervical and thoracic spines. Third in the game Rüdiger Selig reported nothing broken, but he had a concussion just like Kelderman.
“When I looked at the pictures from the accident, it moved a lot with me. It could have turned out much worse with our competitors.
Fortunately, there were no life-threatening or paralysis injuries. Our riders probably had guardian angels with them, “commented Bora-Hansgrohe team boss Ralph Denk for the German media.
Looking at his destroyed helmet and the incision from the transducer, Schillinger stated:
“The car crossed the street without braking. The helmet saved my life. If I imagine that instead of a destroyed converter, my head could have been there, “the German version of Eurosport quoted the 37-year-old German.
According to Denek, the hospitalized trio will not get on the bike so soon. However, the July peak of the season in the form of the Tour de France should not be endangered from the point of view of the Bavarian team.
“It looks like we won’t have to change our plans for the Tour de France. The February training kilometers will be missing, but Wilco Kelderman could be back on his bike in March.
And it will still be enough time to properly prepare for the Tour de France. I expect a break of four to six weeks for disabled cyclists, “added Denk.
Kelderman has only been a member of Bora-Hansgrohe since the beginning of this year, having previously been part of the Sunweb team. In his jersey, he won third place overall at the Giro d’Italia.
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