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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, copyright AFP2001
Dutch cyclist Bram de Groot suffered severe concussion after a horrific crash during the 12th stage of the Tour de France from Perpignan to Ax-les-Thermes Friday.
A medical source said that the 26-year-old Rabobank rider, who failed to negotiate a bend during the descent from Jau and crashed into a rock before colliding with a security barrier, was in a coma in hospital in Perpignan.
Gerard Porte, the Tour de France’s chief doctor, said: “Initial scanner and radiograph tests carried out have come back negative. The rider is currently undergoing further examination.”
“At 1800 (10:00 a.m. Eastern time – U.S.) he was in a satisfactory condition,” he added after being in contact with the hospital. The rider had received treatment at the scene before being airlifted to hospital by a rescue helicopter.
The Dutch competitor was in 39th place overall when Friday’s stage began – fifty minutes off the pace.
In a separate incident, Russia’s Sergei Ivanov of the Fassa Bortolo team broke his shoulder in a fall during the same stage.