Kris Boeckmans (Lotto-Soudal) crashed out of the Vuelta a España Saturday, leaving the race with multiple injuries after a major pileup that occurred about 50km from the stage 8 finish line. Boeckmans lost consciousness for a few moments after hitting the deck, and then was taken to the hospital. According to a team press release, further evaluation revealed extensive injuries.
Boeckmans suffered severe facial trauma with several fractures, a concussion, and three broken ribs, as well as bleeding in his lung. The team reports that he may need surgery, and that he has been put into a medically-induced coma for the next few days.
“Of course we are all thinking of Kris tonight,” teammate Tosh Van der Sande said. “I was riding just behind him when it happened. He was drinking when he rode over a hole, tumbled over his handlebar, and hit the ground very hard.”