Het Laatse Nieuws reported that Belgian rider Benoot (Jumbo Visma) was caught up in a collision with a car whist training and broke a vertebrae in his neck. The crash was apparently caused by a driver during a descent. On Tuesday, Benoot posted on Instagram and said “”First of all, want to let everyone know that I’m doing ok.

“Yesterday I was involved in a crash in the Italian Alps. I’m now in the hospital, receiving good medical care to recover from the crash. Despite the seriousness of the situation-examinations showed that I suffered a small fracture in my neck – was never in a life-threatening situation and am stable.

“Thanks everyone, for sending me all your kind messages. In the following weeks, I will fully focus on my recovery.”

Benoot took third place at San Sebastián, finished third at the Amstel Gold Race this year and second at Dwars door Vlaanderen, and is known as a hard man but this must have been scary. Wish him well with the recovery!

Author: Lee Rodgers

Cycling coach, race organiser, former professional cyclist and the original CrankPunk.

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