“Optimism,” says the Belgian rider squad Lotto Soudal that Gerben Thijssen recovers from his serious collision on the first evening of the campaign at the Ghent Six Week.
Following three small brain hemorrhages, Thijssen is in intensive care.
Three ripples and a crash collarbone also fractured the 21-year-old.
“We could have a small chat with our families less than 18 hours after his terrible crash,” he said on the Twitter account of his group.
British Mark Cavendish, who won the 2016 event with Bradley Wiggins, rebounded from his crash at night to win Wednesday’s second Derny Race.
On the opening night, after a fall in the one-rpm time trial, Cavendish had the first Madison event.
The 34-year-old, partnered with seven-time winner Iljo Keiss this year, was not severely wounded but had to abandon the rest of the race on Tuesday.
Keisse and Cavendish have now made it into sixth place, out of 14 groups on 58 points on the Ghent Six Day, the “Tour de France for track cycling.”
The German Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt, who have 59 marks, are a lap down on the champion of today.
“There’s a long-lasting ambition to join this team, and it’s exciting and motivating,” he said.
The group is a collaborative project between the Bahraini monarchy and the Formula One McLaren company.
Cavendish will join forces with Old Coach and Mentor Rod Ellingworth, who was appointed team director of Bahrain Merida as a winner of the 48 Grand Tours stage, including 30 at Toured de France, founded in 2017.
“I’m very loyal to Rod, and he’s helped me to develop into a rider and a man,” he said.
Mikel Landa, Wout Poels, and 2019 Dylan Teuns, stage winner of the Tour de France, are also part of the team, which should call Squad Bahrain-McLaren next season.
Belgian rider Gerben Thijssen was intensively looked after a horrific accident on Tuesday at the Ghent 6 Day competition, but his doctors maintained that his rehabilitation was early positive.
Lotto–Soudal driver Thijssen suffered three small brain hemorrhages in which three ribs damaged, while a collarbone was split on the ground before he transported to the hospital on opening night.
The crash took place on the final lap of the super sprint, when the Belgian, 21, contacted the Danish rider, Oliver Wulff Frederiksen.
“Gerben has always remained conscious,” Philippe Maertens, the team’s spokesman, said.
He is planned to stay in intensive care for one and three days. Luckily his health is good.” “He will receive several more tests early on Wednesday.
The group also concluded that “Happily, there is a little hope. Gerben was able to keep living, Gerben, less than 18h after his terrible crash.”
French cycle legend Raymond Poulidor, best known for not winning the Tour de France on several occasions, died on Wednesday at the age of 83.
Poulidor’s feud with compatriot Jacques Anquetil–who captured the Tour de France five times–dominated the nation in the 1960s, which he was dubbed “Pou-Pou” by a popular favorite because of his consistent place as runner-up.
In the middle of that decade, Anquetil’s life felt mostly that Poulidor’s time came. But the road was never to be blocked by another great Tour de France, the Belgian Eddy Merckx, who won five times between 1969 and 1974 the grand prize of the sport.
Kieran Modra died after a traffic crash on his bicycle on Wednesday, north of Sydney, five times Paralympic Gold Medalist.
Local media reports the 47-year-old, who suffered visual impairments, struck by a car traveling on the same road near Gawler city in South Australia.
‘ We were saddened to hear about the death on a cycling accident on Wednesday morning of a long-term RSB member and RSB colleague, Kieran Modra, ‘ said the Royal Blind Society in a Facebook post.
Modra, a swimmer and tandem cycling competitor who won five gold and five bronze medals at the 8 Paralympic Games between 1988 and 2016, and two silver medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “Their thoughts and prayers go to his wife Kerry and the Modra community at that difficult time.”
The 21-year-old Lotto-Soudal driver has three small brain hemorrhoids, three ribs and a collarbone since Tuesday’s crash, and is in a stable condition now.
After a crash with the Danish driver Oliverwulff Frederiksen on the last stage of the super sprint, the Thijssen was on course to take to a hospital.
A group spokesman for Lotto Soudal on Twitter said, “Thankfully there’s a little optimism: Gerben was able to have a short conversation with his parents less than 18 hours after his terrible crash.