British Woman Going the Wrong Way Strikes Six Giant-Alpecin Riders with Her Car

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Like most other sports, cycling tends to be very competitive sometimes. We've all seen those massive accidents where 20 or more riders crash while competing. Apparently, accidents can happen even while in training as this latest incident reveals.
Six Giant-Alpecin riders have been rushed to the hospital after a car driven by a British woman rode into the group of riders head on. When disaster struck, the team, composed of John Degenkold, Warren Barguil, Chad Haga, Max Walscheid, Frederek Ludvigsson and Ramon Sinkeldam, was training in Southern Spain, and they were side-by-side on their bikes.

Although they suffered some injuries, all the casualties are said to be in stable condition.

To avoid further complications, helicopters were used in the rescue and the injured cyclists were taken to two Spanish hospitals.

The latest update shows that Barguil has a fractured wrist and may need surgery. Degenkold also needed surgery on a cut in his upper leg and is now receiving treatment on his hand and for a fracture to his forearm.

Haga had a successful surgery on neck and chin wounds, and he also suffered an orbital (eye socket) fracture, which will be treated later.

Ludvigsson and Sinkeldam are in, if you can say, better condition as they "only" have scratches and bruises all over their bodies. Walscheid has a fractured hand and tibia, and surgery is likely to be required.

"It has been a very tough day for the team. This team, riders, both men and women, and everyone in the organisation, feels like a band of brothers and sisters. Together, and by standing by each other, the team will come out of this stronger than ever," Giant-Alpecin, chief executive Iwan Spekenbrink, commented.

This unfortunate incident comes not long after Italian rider Adriani Maloris hit a crack in the road while riding on the front of the peloton in the fifth stage of the Tour de San Luis. According to BBC, Maloris has been placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including head fractures.
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