Marco Haller gets hit by car in Austria: My bike was completely destroyed and my knee as well
Apr 20 2018 12:36 am CET

Marco Haller gets hit by car in Austria: My bike was completely destroyed and my knee as well
Marco Haller gets hit by car in Austria: My bike was completely destroyed and my knee as well
Katusha-Alpecin

Katusha-Alpecin's Marco Haller has been hit by a car in Austria while training. The rider will be out of competition for months.

Haller was training on Carinthian roads with colleague rider Bernhard Eisel when a car hit him. The accident left him with multiple fractures of the left knee that will keep him off the bike for months.

"It was my second day back on the bike after I had to recover from a second viral infection in the 2018 season," said Haller from the hospital Landeskrankenhaus in Villach. "I was riding with Bernie Eisel and was sitting in his wheel in a slight downhill, when suddenly a car, ignoring the stop sign, came at us from the right.

"Bernie just managed to escape him, but I could not do that and hit the driver’s door at full speed. My bike was completely destroyed and my knee as well."

The rider has been diagnosed with a double fracture of the kneecap and a fracture of the lateral side of the left femur. "I am very disappointed," the rider added. "Not only at missing the Tour de France but also because of - again - the attitude of some car drivers. Cars and cyclists share the road but this seems to be more and more difficult. Some mentality needs to change."

As soon as the rider leaves the hospital, he will start his rehabilitation at the Therapiezentrum Hans Friedl in Munich. Haller was set to be one of the key riders of Marcel Kittel's lead-out train at the upcoming Tour de France.



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