Ben Hermans suffers multiple fractures in heavy Tour de Pologne crash
Aug 01 2017 07:19 pm CET

Ben Hermans suffers multiple fractures in heavy Tour de Pologne crash

Belgian rider Ben Hermans of BMC Racing Team suffered multiple fractures in a heavy crash during the third stage of the Tour de Pologne on Monday.

In a statement released by the team on Tuesday, Hermans is said to have suffered fractures to his right wrist, left big toe and his sternum, in addition to having "three broken teeth and many contusions, including facial contusions".

The statement goes on to explain that Hermans lost consciousness for some moments and is fortunate to have gotten away without suffering more serious injuries such as broken vertebrae or internal bleeding.

Hermans crashed following a moment of panic in the peloton on a descent, although he has little recollection of the actual moment.

"I don't really remember anything directly after the crash but what I think happened was we were going down the descent of the first climb at high speeds. We went into a wide corner and riders started to panic and brake really hard. I don't think the corner was dangerous, it was doable, but I was close to the rider in front of me and I had to veer to the right and so I went out of the corner and hit the rail," he explained.

"I had a couple of hours' sleep last night and I'm in quite a lot of pain. My broken teeth are painful as is my fractured wrist. I have muscular pain in my other arm so right now I can't really move my arms. My fractured sternum also makes it painful to try and move. It's definitely disappointing to be out like this."
Photo of Ben Hermans by CyclingPub / Mary Cardenas





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