'My helmet saved my life': Luis Ángel Maté hospitalised with 50 stitches in head after crash

The Spaniard suffered a brain haemorrhage following a severe blow to his head

Luis Ángel Maté and Filippo Fortin (Cofidis)

Luis Ángel Maté needed 50 stitches in his head and was hospitalised overnight following a crash at the Tour of Poland, with the Spaniard saying his helmet saved his life.

The crash, which occurred with 20km of racing left, also claimed his Cofidis team-mate Filippo Fortin, who suffered four broken ribs, with both riders abandoning the race.

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