Louis Meintjes suffers lacerations and abrasions at Vuelta a España crash
Sep 09 2018 05:09 am CET

Louis Meintjes suffers lacerations and abrasions at Vuelta a España crash
Louis Meintjes suffers lacerations and abrasions at Vuelta a España crash
Team Dimension Data

Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data) suffered a crash at the 14th stage of the Vuelta a España but he will likely stay on the race.

The South African had a high-speed crash on the descent from the Alto de la Falla and slid down the side of the mountain, but fortunately, it was not very steep and he could easily climb back to the road and onto his bike. Despite the confused and shaky look of Meitjes just after his crash, he doesn't seem to have suffered from a concussion.

"Louis had a nasty crash on a descent today while trying to chase back to the front group," commented team doctor Jarrad van Zuydam. "He crashed on a corner and rolled down an embankment. He has suffered some injuries, he has a big laceration to the left elbow which required stitches. He has various other lacerations and abrasions which are relatively minor and won't need much more than cleaning and dressing.

"There was obviously some concern when we saw the footage of the crash, because of the way Louis stumbled and there were concerns of a potential head injury and concussion in particular. Louis has been assessed thoroughly and he currently does not show any symptoms of a concussion. He will be reassessed in the morning and if he passes that test he will then undergo an exercise stress test to see if that induces any symptoms before we give any go-ahead for him to race."




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