Kris Boeckmans to be kept in induced coma for the next week

Breathing difficulties lead doctors to keep the Belgian in a coma, but his condition is described as stable

Kris Boeckmans wins in the 2015 G.P.Samyn

(Image credit: Watson)

Kris Boeckmans will remain in an induced coma for at least the next seven days, his Lotto-Soudal team announced on Monday night, as injuries to his lungs made it too difficult for the rider to breath independantly. Despite remaining in the coma, Boeckmans condistion was described as 'stable'.

The 28-year-old suffered severe facial trauma, three broken ribs and bleeding from his lung, amongst other injuries, after he crashed while drinking from his bidon and hitting a pot-hole on stage eight of the Vuelta a España on Saturday.

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