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Quick-Step Floors riders Petr Vakoc and Laurens De Plus injured in collision with truck

Riders in stable condition but in hospital after collision in South Africa

Joe Robinson
26 Jan 2018

Quick-Step Floors riders Petr Vakoc and Laurens De Plus have been hospitalised following a collision with a lorry while training in South Africa.

The duo were with fellow teammate Bob Jungels on a training ride yesterday afternoon when a truck hit them from behind, causing both riders to crash.

Luckily, both riders remained conscious after the collision but both were admitted to hospital. Vakoc came off the worse of the pair, suffering multiple fractured vertebrae which will require surgery.

De Plus suffered minor pulmonary and kidney contusion as well as multiple abrasions and will be kept in hospital for observation over the following few days. Jungels was left unharmed in the incident.

Describing the scene, Jungels spoke of how suddenly the incident occurred.

'The three of us were out training, when suddenly I heard a loud noise and then in the following second I saw Laurens and Petr on the ground. I did not see the truck coming from behind, but it must have hit them with the left front mirror or even the front left part,' Jungels said.

'I ran to them and could see they were injured, so I did not dare move them. A lady who was on the side of the road came and helped us, calling the ambulance, while our trainer Koen and I talked with them.'

Jungels finished his comment by wishing both riders a swift recovery. 

The Quick-Step Floors trio were in South Africa as part of an altitude training camp after having just finished their first training camp of the year in Calpe, Spain.

The incident is just the latest stroke of bad luck for De Plus. While in the breakaway at last year's Il Lombardia, the Belgian rider misjudged a corner on a descent, crashed over the barriers before falling down a ravine. Luckily, the rider was able to walk away from the crash.

Further details are expected to be released later today.