Injuries sustained at finish-line crash force Dylan van Baarle out of Vuelta a España
Sep 08 2018 02:22 pm CET

Injuries sustained at finish-line crash force Dylan van Baarle out of Vuelta a España
Injuries sustained at finish-line crash force Dylan van Baarle out of Vuelta a España
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Dylan van Baarle (Sky) has had to abandon the Vuelta a España due to the injuries he sustained at the crash of the 12th stage of the race.

Van Baarle finished in the second position at the 12th day of the Spanish grand tour and he crashed against a Vuelta official just after the line, an accident in which Alexandre Geniez (AG2R La Mondiale) was also involved.

The Dutchman tried to stay on the race as long as possible but the pain and discomfort have forced him out of it. "Dylan feels very stiff and uncomfortable this morning following his crash on stage 12 and is too uncomfortable to start the stage today," commented Team Sky Doctor Neil Heron. "He has been sent for some further imaging which will give us more information.

"We think he has a haematoma within the muscle after the crash – so a bad bruise after he got hit in his groin with the handlebars. Because that was uncomfortable on yesterday’s stage he was compensating with his buttock, which is why he’s getting a lot of muscle spasms in that area."

Van Baarle is disappointed about leaving the race. "I was hoping that with treatment it would feel better overnight but the pain has stayed the same," he commented. "It is a struggle to walk and there’s no point going through another stage in this condition.

"It’s disappointing but I’m trying not to think about it too much. I’m just focused on getting better again, recovering and taking care of myself. Luckily I’m in good hands on this team and they can help me get better soon. For now, I think a day off the bike will help. Good luck to the team for the rest of the race, and also thank you to the fans for all their support and nice wishes after the crash."





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