Remco Evenepoel suffered a pelvic fracture after his crash at Il Lombardia, which Deceuninck – Quick-Step say will see him off the bike for “the upcoming period”.
The Belgian hit the side of a bridge and fell over into a ravine in the final 50km of racing. A nervous few minutes followed while waiting for news of how bad the crash was, with pictures showing medical staff attending to the 20-year-old who had fallen some distance.
Evenepoel was then transported to Como hospital, where doctors found he had suffered a fractured pelvis as well as a contusion to his right lung. He will stay in the hospital overnight before transferring to a Belgian hospital tomorrow.
“Remco was conscious at all times as he underwent a series of examinations to reveal the extent of his injury,” read the team’s statement.
“Unfortunately, the X-rays showed a fractured pelvis and a right lung contusion, which will keep Evenepoel on the sidelines for the upcoming period. Our rider will remain in the hospital overnight under observation, before flying on Sunday to Belgium.”
Evenepoel had been part of the front group at the Italian Classic at the time of his crash, with Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang going on to win ahead of George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma).
Bora-Hansgrohe’s Max Scachmann also crashed on the run-in to Como after a member of the public drove their car across the road, cutting the German up as he tried to take the corner and avoid the car, then hitting the deck. Television pictures showed Schachmann airing his frustrations and gingerly holding his shoulder as he crossed the line in seventh place.
Crashes also marred stage four of the Critérium du Dauphiné, with Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) forced to abandon the race after a crash on a descent. Race leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was also brought down but finished in the GC group, with his medical team attending to him after the race.
More to follow…