Dutch rider in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrests

Gijs Verdick, 21, reportedly suffers brain damage after two cardiac arrests during the Carpathian Couriers Race in Poland

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Dutch rider Gijs Verdick is in a critical condition in a Polish hospital after suffering two cardiac arrests while at the Carpathian Couriers Race.

The 21-year-old reportedly suffered the first at 1am on Tuesday morning, according to a press release from his Cycling Team Jo Piels team.

After several attempts to resuscitate Verdick, the rider was rushed to hospital, where he suffered a second arrest.

The statement read: “[On Tuesday morning], 21-year-old Gijs Verdick, cyclist on the Cycling Team Jo Piels, had a cardiac arrest at around 01:00. Gijs repeatedly was resuscitated and taken to hospital. In hospital, he had a second cardiac arrest and he also incurred brain damage from lack of oxygen.

“His family arrived this afternoon in Poland. The situation is very worrying and critical.”

Team Wiggins were racing at the same U23 race in Poland, with a team spokesman reporting that mechanic Mick Bell was required to perform CPR on a rider, although it is not clear whether this was Verdick.

In March, Belgian rider Daan Myngheer died from a heart attack suffered at the Criterium International.