Keagan Girdlestone reportedly collided with the back of a team car during the Coppa della Pace race in Italy

Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental team rider Keagan Girdlestone was seriously injured during the Coppa della Pace race in Italy on Sunday. A post on his father’s Facebook page reports that he is in a ‘critical but stable’ condition.

Italian website Tuttobici reported that the 19-year-old South African hit the back of a team car as he was chasing back to the peloton after an earlier crash. The race was subsequently cancelled.

Exact details of the incident are still unclear. The team tweeted on Sunday evening that they were waiting for a medical report on Girdlestone. He was transported from the race to a hospital in Rimini.

“We can confirm @Keagan_vtc was involved in a serious crash during a u23 race in Italy today. We’re waiting on race medical for further info,” said the team.

A message was posted on his father Wayne’s Facebook page on Sunday evening saying: “Keagan has been in an accident and is currently in theatre in a critical but stable condition. Your prayers for his strength and for him to continue fighting would be appreciated. What is on social media is not factual so please keep him in your prayers as he is a fighter.”

Girdlestone won the Tour du Valromey and Ronde des Valles in 2015, and placed fourth in the junior time trial at the UCI World Championships. He moved to Lucca, Italy, with the team for the 2016 season to gain more experience of racing in Europe.

  • Jay

    Another news article revealed sketchy details that his team car stopped abruptly and he hit the back and went thru the rear window suffering serious facial injuries.

    Wish him well and all prayers to go to him to pull through this tragedy.

  • Eric

    I am reminded of the dramatic crash that Davis Phinney suffered years ago in the 1988 Liege-Bastogne-Liege race.

  • The Awakening

    I C&P from the Facebook page, what was posted 12 hours ago;

    “Keagan has been in an accident and is currently in theatre in a critical but stable condition. Your prayers for his strength and for him to continue fighting would be appreciated. What is on social media is not factual so please keep him in your prayers as he is a fighter. Thanks Helen”

    Helen, your requests for prayers and good thoughts have been read here in the UK and God willing Keagan will fully recover.

    Best wishes during this very difficult time for family and friends who have been deeply affected by this traumatic situation.

  • Jay

    That’s terrible news and best wishes to him.

    Could anyone have insights how crashing like this could be so dangerous and serious? Would like to learn from incidents like this.

  • Samuel Clemens

    Pull through young man. Thoughts with Des, Wayne and Dylan.