Two Lotto-Soudal riders hospitalised after collision with car in Spain

Thomas de Gendt and Gert Dockx were involved in a collision with a car in Calpe, Spain, and were taken to hospital

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Lotto-Soudal duo Thomas de Gendt and Gert Dockx were taken to hospital in Calpe, Spain, after a collision with a car, the team has announced.

Neither rider is thought to be seriously hurt, with both of them set for further tests to determine if they have fractured any bones. The car reportedly emerged from a side street when it collided with the riders.

De Gendt and Dockx are the latest riders to be injured in car-related incidents in recent weeks, with Australian Annette Edmondson being knocked off earlier this week and six Giant-Alpecin riders suffering severe injuries in January.

“I mainly have a sore neck, back, wrist and fingers. I think that thanks to our helmet we don’t have a head injury," de Gendt said in a press release.

"I hope I don’t have any severe fractures, but further tests are needed to conclude that. Our bikes are broken, but we were lucky after all, it could have been much worse. We were riding on the main road, so that the car – coming from a side street – should have stopped."

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Dockx added: "Because the car came from the right my right leg was hit by the bumper. I can lean on the leg, but walking is difficult. I hope I don’t have any fractures, but further tests will have to determine that.”

Dockx was due to ride Omloop Het Nieuwsblad next weekend, although it is unknown whether this incident will affect his schedule.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.