Tomasz Marczynski misses Ruta del Sol after being hit by a car in Spain
Feb 11 2018 02:51 pm CET

Tomasz Marczynski misses Ruta del Sol after being hit by a car in Spain
Tomasz Marczynski misses Ruta del Sol after being hit by a car in Spain
Photo of Tomasz Marczynski by Lotto Soudal

Tomasz Marczynski has been hit by a car during a training ride at the south of Spain. The rider didn't suffer severe injuries but they are serious enough to keep him out of the Ruta del Sol.

Marczynski was riding downhill on the main road when a car that was coming from the right suddenly turned to the left, hitting it as he was unable to avoid the crash. The rider fell on his side and hit his head.

"I was finishing one of my last training sessions for the Ruta del Sol when I was hit by a car yesterday. I was cruising down a main road when a car from a right-hand side street turned left. I could not break in time, and crashed head-on into the vehicle," explains the Pole.

"The x-rays, fortunately, revealed that nothing was broken. My face is heavily bruised and my nose had to be stitched. I also have a whiplash and that’s what hurts the most at the moment. I am currently back home, but I will undergo a series of tests next week. I only started training again last Monday after my crash in the Challenge Mallorca. I hurt the ligaments in my lower back and I was still in treatment with a physiotherapist and an osteopath. Yesterday’s crash, fortunately, did not make this worse. This is a new setback, but I'll be back."

Lotto Soudal Sports Director Bart Leysen thinks this is very unfortunate events for the rider and the team. "It is unfortunate that we have to miss Tomasz Marczynski in the Ruta del Sol, which is a home race for him since he lives in Granada," said Laysen. "He could have played a prominent role as road captain. But we can mostly be pleased that his injuries are not too bad after his crash yesterday; this could have been much worse.

"The first and third stages will probably end with a sprint and we will thus back Moreno Hofland. Although the opening stage does not have the typical profile for a bunch sprint, I expect that sprinters’ teams will control the race. The second stage finishes at the top of the Alto de Allanadas and is, therefore, a real mountain stage.

"Tim Wellens will be our main asset on such a hard profile. He is not at his best yet, but he made a very strong impression in Mallorca and took the victory in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana. Moreover, we also have Maxime Monfort and Jelle Vanendert with us, and both will try to get into a breakaway. The fourth stage could be really hard, which is perfect for Tim. Our main objective is to win a stage, but if Tim can get a good place in the general classification, he is more than able to defend his position in the final time trial."

Lotto Soudal's roster for the Vuelta an Andalucia/Ruta del Sol (14th-18th of February):

Lars Bak
Moreno Hofland
Maxime Monfort
James Shaw
Tosh Van der Sande
Jelle Vanendert
Tim Wellens




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