Pieter Serry crashed his mountain bike Sunday and...

Etixx’s Serry in hospital with fractured skull

Pieter Serry crashes while riding mountain bike in Belgium, suffering basal skull fracture and broken tooth. He will not require surgery.

Etixx-Quick-Step rider Pieter Serry is in the hospital after suffering a basal skull fracture, a broken tooth, and several superficial wounds due to a mountain biking crash. He was riding Sunday morning in Belgium, near his home. The 26-year-old hit a hole in the trail and lost control of his bike, according to a team statement. He was immediately transported to the hospital of Tielt. Despite the severity of the crash, the injuries do not require surgery. He will, however, require cervical immobilization for at least six weeks.

“Today was just really bad luck,” Serry said. “I was riding on the gravel, in a straight road. I lost control in a hole, and I crashed. I’m really sad as it’s another crash during my season, but the first one that is really the result of anything I did. My previous crashes were in situations where I was not directly involved, I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I really need to recover as soon as I can, and I hope to turn the page on the 2015 season and start 2016 in a better way.”

Serry is in his seventh year as a professional and finished the Vuelta a España earlier this season.