Further tests rule out double fracture of cervical vertebra for Warren Barguil
Mar 13 2019 03:20 am CET

Further tests rule out double fracture of cervical vertebra for Warren Barguil
Further tests rule out double fracture of cervical vertebra for Warren Barguil
Photo of Warren Barguil by Arkea-Samsic

Areka-Samsic's Warren Barguil has not suffered a cervical double fracture but a whiplash injury. Despite the first scans showed a double fracture, further tests showed a different result.

Barguil crashed at the second stage of Paris-Nice and lost consciousness. The rider was taken to the Dourdan hospital where a first scan showed a double fracture on the second cervical vertebra, but complementary checks at the Kremlin Bicetre hospital of Paris on Tuesday showed that he actually suffered a whiplash injury.

"The loss of consciousness associated with the first scan that showed a possible cervical fracture led is to carry out deep complementary checks this morning and the results were reassuring," said the head of the orthopaedic service at Kremlin Bicetre hospital, Charles Court. "Warren actually suffered a whiplash injury that needs a 10-day immobilization with a neck brace before he has to undergo a routine X-Ray."

Arkea-Samsic welcomed this news with relief. "The news regarding Warren is very reassuring and that’s what matters," commented Team doctor Jean-Jacques Menuet. "Medicine is an art and not an exact science, meaning it is sometimes hard to have an immediate diagnosis.

"That’s why complementary checks were necessary. A meeting of the medical staff featuring spine traumatology experts concluded that there was no fracture. Warren suffered a whiplash injury. It’s still a serious injury and all necessary precautions will be taken."

Barguil has mixed feelings about the whole situation. "I had a big scare but today I’m ok," he affirmed. "I lost consciousness in the crash and they did not want to take any risk yesterday, that’s why I was taken to another hospital. The first assessment was really alarming. I am reassured by the last diagnosis but there is also a lot of frustration.

"I made a lot of sacrifices to come back to my best level and I thought luck would be on my side after last year. It’s a big disappointment. It’s hard to swallow but it could have been worse. I look forward to going back home to reassure my wife and my relatives."



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