Broeckx remains in coma after head operations

Stig Broeckx, who was injured by a crash caused by a race motorcycle, underwent two operations Tuesday and remains in a coma.

BRUSSELS (AFP) — Belgian cyclist Stig Broeckx remained in a coma Tuesday after two head operations following a heavy crash during the Tour of Belgium on the weekend.

“Because of the increased intracranial pressure, Stig Broeckx had to undergo two operations today, which stabilized the intracranial pressure again,” his Lotto – Soudal team said. “Stig will need to stay in an induced coma for a while to let his body recover from the injuries and surgery. At the moment no prognosis can be made.”

The 26-year-old rider was involved in a crash Saturday of about 20 riders, caused by a collision of two motorbikes. In a twist of unfortunate coincidence, this is the second time Broeckx has been injured by a race motorcycle this season. The first incident happened at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

It’s been a tough year so far for the Belgian team, which saw Thomas de Gendt and Gert Dockx injured after a driver hit them with a car while they were training in February. That month, sprinter André Greipel also broke ribs at Volta ao Algarve. He did, however, deliver three impressive sprint victories at the Giro d’Italia.