Tiesj Benoot on the horror crash: ‘I was unconscious for about 15 minutes’

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Tiesj Benoot has revealed more details about the horror training accident this week which left him wearing a neck brace and nursing broken vertebrae.

The Belgian Jumbo-Visma ace collided with a car during a high-speed descent in the Italian Alps on Tuesday.

“Given the circumstances, I’m fine,” Benoot said. Sporza.

“I’ve been coming here for eight years and I’ve already crossed this priority road 100 times,” he said. “During the descent, I was driving at 67 km/h but a car pulled out of a parking lot and the driver had not seen me. I was hit in the side. »

Benoot was attending an independent training camp as he sought to extend his Tour de France form to the fall classics.

The 28-year-old was flown by helicopter to an Italian hospital to be checked a few days later because “he didn’t have confidence” in the treatment he was receiving.

“I was unconscious for about 15 minutes,” Benoot said Friday. “I didn’t immediately know what happened, but then I knew I had called Fien [Benoot’s partner – ed] and I passed where I had fallen.

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Benoot is now on hold until further testing at the end of September reveals his progress.

It probably won’t race again until next spring, leaving Jumbo-Visma short of a top contender for the hilly autumn classics and Belgium a racer in its mission to claim rainbows in the road worlds. from Wollongong.

“My second cervical vertebra is broken in the joint. I have to wear my corset for six weeks, day and night. I can take the brace off to take a shower, but in principle I don’t have any serious injuries”, did he declare.

“I realize 100% that I was very lucky. I’ve heard enough stories of people doing worse. And when they ask you to move your hands and feet, you realize that.

“I knew it was the traffic hazard and you often say after practice: something just didn’t happen today. Now it’s just done.

Laurens De Plus urges caution after suffering collision

Laurens De Plus was also shot down in training this week. Mountaineer Ineos Grenadiers posted an image revealing a band of rash on his left arm and hip.

The Belgian considered himself to be luckier than his compatriot Benoot.

“Thanks to the driver for driving [into] me from behind,” De Plus wrote on Thursday. “Luckily with a better result than my colleagues last week. Please be careful with the #safetyfirst vulnerable road user.

Two incidents with vehicles in one week lay bare the daily risks that professional cyclists face when training on open roads.

“You notice there’s more stress with drivers and also more frustration with cyclists, especially cyclists,” Benoot said.

” It’s understandable. The number of cyclists has increased dramatically and not everyone behaves as they should, but it has to come from both sides to prevent something like this.

Any training run is fraught with risk. Egan Bernal suffered a horrific accident when he slammed into the back of a bus in Colombia at the start of winter.

Benoot pointed out that cases of “road rage” can vary by location.

“Things are going well in Spain,” he said. “People are a little more relaxed there and there are also countrysides with a distance of one and a half meters between car and cyclist. Italy is the worst country with a lot of stress.

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