Edward Theuns crashed while navigating a high speed decent during the stage 13 time trial at the Tour de France Friday, sustaining a compressed fracture of the T12 vertebra.
Further tests revealed the compression fracture unstable and Theuns will undergo surgery, the date and place still to be determined at the time of writing.
The fractured bone requires stabilization through surgery due to the high risk for neurological complications.
Theuns: “I am very disappointed because I was feeling good and was going okay and now suddenly everything comes to a stop. The pain is not bad at the moment, but I am tensed to not move my body and it’s very uncomfortable. The pain is okay, but I am a little nervous about the operation.
“I was feeling good in the TT, having a good tempo, and my legs felt good. I was planning to ease back more at the end because I had made a good tempo until then. I came into a downhill corner around kilometer 23 and the wind grabbed my wheel and I had to correct a little and went off the road. I thought I had it, but then hit a tree trunk on the ground and went over my bike and landed quite hard. I directly felt that my back was not okay.”
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