Dutch rider Johnny Hoogerland has fractured his ribs and back as a result of being hit by a car during a training ride, and is currently in intensive care in a Spanish hospital.

Hoogerland’s Vacansoleil-DCM team issued a brief statement on Sunday evening confirming that the rider had ‘crashed hard’ during a training ride and was taken to hospital in Villajoyosa, Spain, where he received treatment.

“The rider of Vacansoleil-DCM was going slightly downhill when a turning car didn’t see the rider and hit the unfortunate Hoogerland,” read the team statement.

The 29 year old underwent further medical examination on Monday and it was discovered that he had five fractured ribs, fractured bones in his spine and bruised liver. He will stay in intensive care until mid-week. He will now miss the entire spring season, his team has said.

Hoogerland suffered horrific injuries on stage nine of the 2011 Tour de France when a French television car sent him spiralling into a barbed wire fence while he was riding in an escape group.

Despite deep lacerations to his legs, he eventually finished the stage and put himself in the King of the Mountains classification lead. Few will forget his emotional post-stage podium appearance to receive the polka dot jersey.

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  • roginoz

    poor sod …strange..last night I watched that 2011 stage on my dvd , when he was catapulted into the barbed wire and Flecha slammed down hard …and NOW read this….hope you make a good recovery Johnny…often think about Soler….he was amazing and deserved more recognition….

  • phil j

    Well put Robert . One almost never sees a motorist pulled out in front of a 38 tonner either. Selective vision? Yes they might say a cyclist is less visible than a 38 tonner but like you say cyclist hardly ever collide with a pedestrian do they?

  • Robert

    Not another one! Lets’ hope Hoogerland makes a full and a quick recovery.

    The way language is used when these sort of incidents are reported is always interesting. Quote, “a turning car didn’t see the rider”. Do cars have eyes? Even to say, “A turning motorist didn’t see the rider” is to prejudge the cause, given that there is every possibility that the driver did see the cyclist perfectly well but then misjudged their speed or, as seems to be very common in the UK at least, claimed priority on the assumption that the cyclist would be able to slam their brakes on in time to be able to avoid a collision. Similarly, phrases such as “The pedestrian was in collision with a car” are almost universally used, so avoiding assigning responsibility to the driver involved. However one almost never sees “A pedestrian was in collision with a bicycle”. In such cases a collision is more likely to be reported as “A pedestrian was hit by a cyclist”, so reinforcing the perception that cyclists are generally responsible for any crashes that occur.