Jan Bakelants on AG2R La Mondiale's attitude after Il Lombardia crash: I was left dealing with it on my own
Apr 01 2019 08:53 pm CET

Jan Bakelants on AG2R La Mondiale's attitude after Il Lombardia crash: I was left dealing with it on my own
Jan Bakelants on AG2R La Mondiale's attitude after Il Lombardia crash: I was left dealing with it on my own
Photo of Jan Bakelants © Team Sunweb

Jan Bakelants (Sunweb) has claimed that AG2R La Mondiale completely left him on his own after the serious crash he suffered in the 2017 Il Lombardia.

Bakelants, who signed with Sunweb in 2019, went over the guardrail on a curve at the 2017 edition of Il Lombardia. That crash left him with fractures in two dorsal vertebrae and two lumbar vertebrae. The rider also suffered a hemothorax and other complications that forced him to stay in Italy longer than expected.

In a talk with the Belgian podcast Vive le Velo, the rider accused his team at the time AG2R La Mondiale of abandoning him at the hospital and of not caring about his recovery. "I was very disappointed in the attitude of the team after that accident," he commented. "I was left dealing with it on my own, from the evening of the crash.

"Everyone on the team went home. Nobody made sure to check how serious the situation was. I was on the verge of paralysis and no one stayed with me at the hospital that night. No team doctor was with me. My parents, who have a medical background, then decided to jump in their car."

Bakelants also accused the French team of keeping him too long out of racing. "Stijn Vandenbergh had suffered a skull trauma a year earlier, but it wasn't like that with him," he explained.

"It seemed as if they were deliberately trying to postpone my comeback, while the doctor had already given me the green light."

The Belgian claims that AG2R La Mondiale had told him that he could return at the 2018 Vuelta a España and after he was not allowed to do so, he decided to look for a new team.




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