Boeckmans brought out of induced coma after Vuelta crash

Belgian rider Kris Boeckmans suffered numerous severe injuries in a crash on stage eight of the Vuelta a España and has now been brought out of a medically induced coma

Kris Boeckmans (middle) at Nokere Koerse 2015
(Image credit: Photo News)

Lotto-Soudal rider Kris Boeckmans is no longer in an induced coma, his team reports, 12 days after a crash at the Vuelta a España left him with a multitude of severe injuries.

Boeckmans, winner of both the Tour de Picardie and World Ports Classic this season, suffered facial trauma, a concussion, three broken ribs and bleeding of the lung, among other injuries, in the stage eight crash that also knocked Dan Martin and Tejay van Garderen out of the race.

Doctors at the hospital in Murcia decided on September 1 to keep Boeckmans in the medically induced coma for at least a week as his injuries made it too difficult for him to breathe on his own.

On Thursday (September 10), Boeckmans was removed from the coma and it was found that there were no hidden injuries from the crash.

In a press release, Lotto-Soudal announced that Boeckmans will be taken back to a Belgian hospital in the coming days to continue his recovery, but for now he is able to talk with his family and doctors.

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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.