While Remco Evenepoel’s victory salvaged Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Springs Classics campaign there was also some heartbreaking news to be shared. Julian Alaphilippe suffered multiple fractures and a collapsed lung after he got caught up in a mass crash during the Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The crash took place ahead of the Col du Rosier with 64km to go. There were other favorites too that crashed, including Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers). Although Romain Bardet also fell, he still helped out Alaphilippe recover.
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When the ambulances came to the rescue, he was still conscious but was complaining about back pain, that was alarming already. Apart from him, many others were also caught in the crash, some of those were Rigoberto Uran, Odd Eiking, Ben Healy, Simon Carr, and Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-EasyPost), Jos van Emden (Jumbo-Visma), Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).
Moments later, Remco Evenepoel had won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège making his teammate Julian Alaphilippe proud. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl also announced that Alaphilippe was out of dangerous waters and in stable condition. However, he suffered two broken ribs and a broken scapula, he has a long to recovery ahead of him. Another rider of Quick-Step Ilan Van Wilder suffered a broken jaw.
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl made the following statement:
Julian Alaphilippe suffered two broken ribs and a broken scapula. The ribs also punctured his lungs causing a hemo pneumothorax.
During the [crash], Ilan has unfortunately suffered a broken jaw in a crash that saw a mass pile-up in the middle of the peloton, 62km from the finish.
Both will travel by ambulance to Herentals for further examination and treatment.
Team Arkéa-Samsic also suffered losses as their riders also crashed. On the highlights, Elie Gesbert broke his hip and Lukasz Owsian dislocated a shoulder.
We hope that all of these riders make a swift recovery. A horrible crash like this shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
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