Vuelta a España organisation apologizes for crash
Aug 25 2016 08:00 pm CET

Vuelta a España organisation apologizes for crash
Vuelta a España organisation apologizes for crash

The organisation of the Vuelta a España has apologized after allowing an obstacle on the road to cause a serious crash in the last kilometers of Wednesday's stage.

The crash involved Jan Bakelants and Steven Kruijswijk, the latter of which had to abandon the Vuelta with a broken collarbone. The two riders crashed into a small, unmarked and unprotected pole.

"The organisation of the 2016 Vuelta a España wishes to express its deepest regret for what happened," it said in a press statement, referring to the incident.

"The accident resulted due to an obstacle in the race. An internal investigation has been opened to determined why there were no warnings or signposts, as originally planned, to alert riders about the obstacle that finally provoked the accident."

The statement went on to say that the organisation has contacted the two teams involved. "The organisation has been in contact with the directors of both teams and with the general manager of Team LottoNL-Jumbo in order to convey its sincerest apologies, expressed also through this statement, just as it has also been in contact with the riders' representatives in the Vuelta, with the International Cycling Team Association and with the President of the Commissioners College in the International Cycling Union."

In an inmediate response (read), Kruijswijk said that apologies have little meaning if the safety of riders continues to be at risk.
Image: Vuelta a España logo





COMMENTS



POLL


Loading Poll...
JOIN OUR TEAM!


Have you always wanted to write about cycling? Click HERE to contact us!
THE LATEST CYCLING NEWS IN YOUR MAILBOX


Enter your email address:

CURRENT KEY RACES (13 OCTOBER)


Paris - Tours Elite

UPCOMING RACES

Gree-Tour of Guangxi2019-10-17
Japan Cup Cycle Road Race2019-10-20
Tour of Guangxi Women's WorldTour2019-10-20

RECENT RACES

Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli2019-10-06
Tre Valli Varesine2019-10-08
Milano-Torino2019-10-09
Gran Piemonte2019-10-10
Il Lombardia2019-10-12