Gijs Leemreize lost the tip of one of his fingers on Tuesday in a crash in the Tour of Burgos. The talented rider of Jumbo-Visma is now being treated in hospital for his injuries.
"The plastic surgeon will repair his battered fingertip as well as possible. Under circumstances Gijs is doing well. We wish him strength and a speedy recovery," Jumbo-Visma wrote in a short statement on Twitter.
Leemreize was one of the biggest victims of a massive crash about 60 kilometers before the finish. It soon turned out that the twenty-year-old Dutchman had to leave the race. It was rumored that he would have lost a finger, but it turns out to be the tip.
The Tour of Burgos was one of his first professional races for Leemreize. He already participated in the Tour de la Provence in February this year and finished 33rd in the general classification. Last week it was announced that the cycling talent will make the switch from the U23 team to the WorldTour team of Jumbo-Visma this season.
Leemreize started his second race this year in Burgos. The multi-day cycling race, which is not part of the WorldTour, started on Tuesday with a hill stage and lasts until Saturday.
The victory in the first stage went to the Austrian Felix Grossschartner from BORA-hansgrohe, who crossed the finish line solo in Burgos.
🇪🇸 #VueltaBurgosGijs is in the hospital, where the plastic surgeon will restore his damaged fingertip as best as possible tonight. Gijs is doing well according to circumstances. We wish him strength and a speedy recovery 🙏Avatar