John Degenkolb among Giant-Alpecin riders seriously injured after training camp collision

Spanish media report a car collided with Giant-Alpecin riders during a training ride with some air-lifted to hospital with serious injuries

Giant-Alpecin chases on stage eighteen of the 2015 Tour of Spain
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The German Giant-Alpecin WorldTour team has reported that six of its riders have been hospitalised after a crash during a training camp in Calpe, Spain, today.

Giant-Alpecin issued a statement on Saturday evening confirming that Warren Barguil, John Degenkolb, Chad Haga, Fredrik Ludvigsson, Ramon Sinkeldam and Max Walscheid had all been injured.

"Six Team Giant-Alpecin riders were involved in crash in training during the team training camp near Calpe, Spain, today," said the statement. "During the training ride a car coming the other direction rode into the group of riders head on. The riders were riding side by side on their own side of the road."

"All the riders involved in the crash went to two hospitals and all of them are in stable condition."

Giant-Alpecin team physician Anko Boelens said: "Everyone on the team is in shock right now, and there are some major issues that we need to take care of, but we also realise that we have had some luck on our side."

"Everyone is conscious, stable and approachable, but we are waiting for the latest information and consult the doctors in those hospitals about the treatments needed for the riders."

The team had announced the incident on Twitter earlier on Saturday afternoon.

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A photograph issued via Spanish media and circulated on Twitter appears to show the aftermath of the incident, with a bike broken in two at the roadside.

Spanish media outlet reported that a car driven by a British national had strayed into the wrong side of the road and collided with the riders. It also reports that one seriously injured rider was air-lifted to hospital.

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