Madrid - Belgian rider Kris Boeckmans has been placed in an induced coma after
being one of a number of riders badly injured in a crash-riden stage
eight of Spain's Vuelta, his Lotto Soudal team confirmed.
28-year-old rider has a severe facial trauma with several fractures,
he'll probably need surgery," Lotto Soudal said in a statement.
also has a concussion, three broken ribs and had a bleeding in his
lung. The doctors will now keep him in an induced coma for a few days."
was caught in a major pile-up around 50 kilometres from the finish
which also saw Ireland's Dan Martin, American rider Tejay van Garderen
and France's Nacer Bouhanni forced to withdraw from the race.
Belgian was operated on last night at the Virgen de la Arrixaca
hospital in Murcia. He is stable and the doctors will evaluate the
option of bringing him out of the induced coma tomorrow," race
organisers said on Sunday.
"I was riding just behind him when it happened," said his Lotto Soudal team-mate Tosh Van der Sande.
"He was drinking when he rode over a hole, tumbled over his handlebar and hit the ground very hard."
Jasper Stuyven went on to win the stage despite also suffering a broken bone in his wrist in the crash.
three winner Peter Sagan was also injured after being hit by an
auxiliary motorcycle on a chaotic day with his Tinkoff-Saxo team
threatening to take legal action against the parties involved.
The race continues on Sunday with a 168.3km ride from Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol, Benitatxell.