Rémi Cavagna's broken back required six screws: 'That fall could have been the end of everything'

The Frenchman claims he was nearly left paralysed from training ride crash

Rémi Cavagna
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Rémi Cavagna has revealed the injury he suffered at Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl's training camp in Spain on December 8 nearly left him paralysed, with the 26-year-old requiring six screws in his fractured L1 vertebrae. 

The team's riders were approaching the final few metres of a training ride when a car suddenly pulled out of a side road hidden by a wall. All of the riders braked hard to avoid the car, but Cavagna fell heavily, breaking his back from the impact. Mauri Vansevenant was also involved in the incident but managed to escape with just a broken thumb.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.