Péraud, conscious after head and facial injuries suffered in crash

Jean-Christophe Peraud was in the main peloton, negotiating a roundabout close to the front of the bunch when he crashed in the third stage of Giro d’Italia. Patrick Gretsch appeared to clip a pedal going through a roundabout and Peraud touched wheels, going over his handlebars and hitting the ground hard with his face.

“I feel ok. I am conscious and it’s a good news. I don’t remember the crash. At the hospital a doctor told me that Patrick Gretsch crashed and then I remember his crash. But it’s my only memory of what happens. It was nervous and windy but I don’t understand why we crash. At the moment, the only important think is that I am healthy.”, Peraud said in a statement released by AG2R team.

The 38-year-old Frenchman was taking part in the Giro d’Italia for the first time in his career.

“Jean-Christophe Peraud suffers from a cranial trauma, a facial trauma with loss of consciousness, various bruises and dermabrasion on upper and lower limbs,” said AG2R La Mondiale medical director Eric Bouvat. “He undergoes a brain and face scan in Zutpen Hospital that revealed no fracture and no intracranial lesion. I warmly thank the staff of Giro’s medical department and of Zupten Hospital for their professionalism and efficiency.”