About fifteen minutes after the accident, Evenepoel was taken from the meter-deep ravine by stretcher. He was taken to the Sant’Anna hospital in San Fermo della Battaglia, near Como. He was conscious and was carried into the ambulance with a brace around his neck. It is not known exactly how deep Evenepoel fell.
The Belgian newspaper The newspapaer reports that sports director Davide Bramati of Deceuninck-Quick-Step opposite the Italian television channel RAI has confirmed that everything is okay with Evenepoel. “We want to reassure everyone. Everything is fine with Remco. ”
Against Sporza Bramati said: “Remco was able to speak and told me he had pain in his right leg. It will be fine, he is now in hospital with his family and our foreman Patrick Lefevere. ”
The accident of the super talent from Aalst happened with about 38 kilometers of race ahead. Evenepoel, one of the top favorites for the victory in the cycling monument, was part of the leading group at that time.
The ambulance has arrived at the crash site.
Remco Evenepoel is taken to the ambulance by stretcher.
For the Deceuninck-Quick-Step it is the second time in a short time that a rider has crashed in a terrible way. Earlier this month in the Tour of Poland sprinter Fabio Jakobsen made a terrible hit.
The Dutchman ended up in a mass sprint in hospital after a crash and had to be kept in an artificial coma for several days. This week he flew back to the Netherlands.
Remco Evenepoel holds up the shirt number of his fallen teammate Fabio Jakobsen in Poland.
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On a roll
Evenepoel, in his second year as a professional cyclist, this corona season was in excellent shape. He wrote all four stage races that he started to his name, including the Tour of Poland. After his stage victory in that race, he still held up Jakobsen’s jersey number, in order to encourage his unfortunate teammate.
Remco Evenepoel at the start of the Tour of Lombardy.
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