Cape Town - MTN-Qhubeka's Matt Brammeier has returned home following his
horrific accident at the Tour of Utah.
VIDEO: Watch Matt Brammeier's horror crash (not for the faint-hearted)!
The Irishman sustained severe injuries in a
collision with a race vehicle when descending from Guardsman Pass in Big
Cottonwood Canyon. He was immediately transported to hospital by ambulance
where he underwent several check-ups.
The injuries Brammeier sustained were significant, as he suffered
fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones, as well as rib fractures on both
sides, a bruised liver and fractured tooth. A small pneumothorax is resolved.
Brammeier and the team thanked the staff at the University of Utah Trauma
centre who took great care of him. He is now back in Great Britain where he
will undergo further treatment.
At the moment it is not certain
when he’ll make his return.
“We don’t expect him back on a bike
for at least the next 6–8 weeks”, says team doctor Jarrad van
Zuydam, who’s focus is on a full recovery to allow Brammeier a return to racing at
the top level.
The Irishman himself is already focusing on 2016: “It’s
looking like my season is well and truly over, so I’m looking forward to return
hungry in 2016.”
Jarrad van Zuydam - Team Doctor: "Matt arrived home safely and is recovering well. He will
be getting about on crutches for the next few weeks to allow his pelvic
fractures to heal. His chest injuries are not as severe as was first feared and
his pain is already far better. We don’t expect him back on a bike for at least
the next 6 – 8 weeks but we are confident that he will make a full recovery and
a return to racing at the top level."
Brammeier: "The last days have been tough as you can imagine but I’m
starting to feel better already. I had some extraordinary care over in Salt
Lake City and can’t thank all of the staff at the University of Utah Trauma
centre enough. I’m still in a fair bit of pain, but overall, considering what
I just hobbled away from I can’t grumble for one second. I’m just happy to be
in one piece and to be back home with my family and fiancée and looking forward
to starting my recovery process already. I’ve had one of my most enjoyable years
of my life this year with the team and I can’t thank them enough for all they
have done for me so far."