Edu Prades and Damien Touzé have also survived the violent crash in the Tour of Poland on Wednesday. The Spanish rider of Movistar has broken a cervical vertebra and the French rider of Cofidis broke a finger.

Prades was hit by one of the crush barriers that ended up on the road after the fall of Fabio Jakobsen. He lay on the floor for minutes because he had a lot of pain in his neck, shoulder, ribs and back, where there was a deep wound.

The Catalan had to spend the night at the hospital in Katowice, and X-rays revealed a small fracture in one of his cervical vertebrae. He will be transferred to Movistar's headquarters in Pamplona, ​​where he will recover further.

Touzé fell over the many riders who had already hit the asphalt before him. He was able to get up almost immediately, but had to be taken to hospital where he had surgery on his finger.


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Sarreau also no longer started

Prades and Touzé will of course no longer start on Thursday in the second stage. This also applies to Marc Sarreau. The French rider of Groupama-FDJ has a shoulder injury from the crash.

In the final sprint of the first stage, which went slightly downhill, Jakobsen hit the crush barriers hard after contact with Dylan Groenewegen, who was in the sprint of his line and crushed his compatriot.

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider contracted, among other things, a shattered palate and a crushed trachea and successfully underwent five-hour surgery at night. He is currently kept in an artificial coma. His situation is serious, but stable.

Groenewegen was disqualified for the first stage and taken off course as a result of the incident. It is still unclear what the further sanctions will be for the leader of Jumbo-Visma.


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