Thomas De Gendt and Gert Dockx, teammates on the Belgian Lotto – Soudal team, were struck by a car while training near Calpe, Spain Friday and have been taken to a hospital.
“We were riding next to each other, Thomas on the left and I on the right,” Dockx, 27, said. “The car came from the right and appeared to be stopping. In a fraction of a second I thought the front of the car was quite far on the main road, but before we realized, we got hit by the car. Because the car came from the right especially my right leg was hit by the bumper. I can lean on the leg, but walking is difficult. I hope I don’t have any fractures, but further tests will have to determine that.”
Lotto’s team doctor, Servaas Bingé, said the injuries are not life-threatening and may be limited to bruises and abrasions. However, the Spanish hospital proved insufficient for further tests, so the two are being transferred to a hospital in their home country, Belgium, to check for fractures.
“I mainly have a sore neck, back, wrist, and fingers,” De Gendt added. “I think that thanks to our helmets we don’t have a head injury. I hope I don’t have any severe fractures, but further tests are needed to conclude that. Our bikes are broken, but we were lucky after all, it could have been much worse.”
De Gendt won the Stelvio stage in the 2012 Giro d’Italia and finished third overall in the Italian grand tour that year, riding for Vacansoleil – DCM.