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Edo Maas unlikely to walk again after U23 Lombardia crash

Team Sunweb call upon UCI to prioritise safety of riders after Maas hit by car on course

Joe Robinson
17 Oct 2019

Team Sunweb Development rider Edo Maas has been left paraplegic after colliding with a car at the junior Tour of Lombardy and his team have called on the UCI to prioritise rider safety.

The 19-year-old Dutch rider was racing the U23 Il Lombardia on 6th October when he collided with a car that had entered the course on the descent of the Madonna dell Ghisallo. 

Maas was immediately taken to hospital in Milan to undergo multiple emergency surgeries for fractures to his back and injuries to his face, all of which his team say were successful.

'Edo is now fully conscious and has been awake for a couple of days, and responds well to family and visiting teammates,' the team's statement explained.

'The fractures to his back and the injuries on his face required multiple intensive surgeries over the last week, all of which were successful.

'Edo is currently processing the diagnosis that the fracture in his back has led to paraplegia, a loss of nerve feeling in his legs. At this moment it remains unlikely that functionality in his legs will ever return, but fighting power and hope prevails.

'At this stage no further information on Edo’s condition is available. We ask to respect Edo and the family’s privacy, as they process this difficult news. Another update will be provided when necessary.'

The statement continued with a call for the UCI 'to prioritise all of their time and resources on securing and ensuring the implementation of safe race conditions for teams and their riders.'

To conclude the statement, Team Sunweb wrote: 'This week has been extremely difficult for the Team Sunweb family, of which Edo and his loved ones are and will always remain a central part. We send all of our strength and prayers to them at this difficult time.'

Earlier this week, the UCI fined organisers of the Binckbank Tour after it was found to have failed safety standards, something that arose after complaints from riders.