Spectator video has emerged of Matt Brammeier’s (MTN-Qhubeka) high-speed crash at the Tour of Utah on Saturday, that left the Irish pro with serious injuries.
Brammeier was chasing back to the peloton on the descent of Guardsman’s Pass on stage six of the American race, when he appears to lose control at high-speed and fly directly into a service car which is taking a left-hand turn. The 30-year-old was left with fractures to his ribs and pelvis, as well as internal injuries.
Other riders in the video are seen taking it cautiously on the fast descent with Brammeier appearing much quicker into shot as he reaches the bend, and is then motionless as members of the public attend to him on the roadside and attempt to slow oncoming riders and vehicles.
Two riders behind then suffer incidents of their own after a motorcycle slows down on the bend and causes them to run into the side of it.
MTN-Qhubeka team medic Dr Jarrad van Zuydam later commented on Brammeier’s condition in a statement:
“Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed collision with a vehicle during the queen stage of the Tour of Utah. Thankfully, Matt has suffered no head, neck or spinal injuries and is currently stable in hospital. His musculoskeletal injuries are significant, however.
“He suffered rib fractures on both sides as well as a small pneumothorax. He also has fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones. Matt is unlikely to require surgery but will need some time to recover from his injuries.”
The Tour of Utah concluded on Sunday with overall victory taken by American rider Joe Dombrowski of Cannondale-Garmin.