Paris-Roubaix round-up of crashes and injuries: Thomas, Rowe, Kristoff, etc.
Apr 09 2018 03:22 am CET

Paris-Roubaix round-up of crashes and injuries: Thomas, Rowe, Kristoff, etc.
Paris-Roubaix round-up of crashes and injuries: Thomas, Rowe, Kristoff, etc.

Paris-Roubaix is considered one of the most difficult races of the season and one that generally results in the most crashes. Here's an overview of the riders affected on the day.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe:

The riders crashed in different incidents but both came out without serious injuries. "Luke is OK. He took a bang to his head in the crash but has passed all of our concussion tests," said team Doctor Neil Heron. "G (Geraint) has got some superficial injuries to his left hip, elbow and shoulder, but there’s nothing beyond that."

Bahrain-Merida's Ivan Garcia Cortina and Kristijan Koren:

Both riders had to withdraw due to crashes. The Spaniard confirmed through Twitter that his injuries are only superficial by showing in a picture the abrasions to an arm and the hip, while the Slovenian showed his injuries to the face and arm in a video published by the team on social media, assuring that he didn't suffer serious injuries.

UAE Team Emirates' Alexander Kristoff:

The Norwegian hit the deck when Tony Martin crashed in the middle of the peloton. "Going at 60km an hour, I hit my back hard on the ground and I waited a few minutes for the pain to pass. I was able to get going, though, and make it to the finish, but the top riders were already far off," the rider commented.

The team also posted a picture of the skin lacerations on Kristoff's back as they ruled out any serious injuries.

Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin:

The rider crashed with 100 kilometres remaining in the race and scans have revealed that he sustained a stable compression fracture of his thoracic spine. "Thankfully the fracture is stable," said team Doctor Robbart van Linschoten. "We will further consult with a neurosurgeon tomorrow before determining the best course of action from here."

Trentin wanted to thank the medical team that treated him after the crash and has a positive view on this incident. "Obviously it’s a setback, but it’s just an injury and something that will heal. For that we have to be thankful," he commented.

BMC Racing Team's Stefan Küng:

The Swiss crashed early on the day and had to withdraw. "Stefan Küng was treated in the ambulance of the race and was given six stitches for a wound under his chin," explained team Doctor Max Testa. "He was taken to Roubaix Centre Hospitalier for an X-ray which confirmed a fractured jaw (mandibular fracture).

"He will travel back to Switzerland today and undergo further observation at Kanton Spital Hospital in St Gallen where further treatment will be decided. We will continue to monitor Stefan in the coming days and provide an update accordingly."




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