Ventoso, the first victim of disc brakes in the peloton

Fran Ventoso was taken to hospital after a crash at Paris-Roubaix, suffering deep wounds to his leg reportedly caused by landing on a disc brake.

The Spaniard was flown back home on Tuesday after undergoing an operation to apply suture and drain on the wound, according to his Movistar team. They are hoping to regenerate the muscle tissue damage as quickly as possible.

Ventoso came down on the Quérénaing à Maing sector of pavé, around the 140km mark. He later posted a photo of himself following the incident on Twitter. The Movistar rider looks dazed as greeted by directeur sportif Chente García Acosta and his left leg is heavily bandaged just below the knee.

“It was so deep that you could see the tibia,” García Acosta told El Periodico.

Fran Ventoso

Spanish journalist Sergi Lopez-Egea of El Periodico tweeted on Sunday: “Fran Ventoso was injured by the disc brake of a rival in a crash and has been evacuated to hospital.”

Two teams sent all their riders to Paris-Roubaix on disc brake-equipped bikes – Direct Energie and Lampre-Merida, on their new Merida Scultura bike.

Ventoso tweeted on Monday: “I’m entering the operating room to fix my body. Thank you for all the encouragement.”

Fellow Movistar rider Nelson Oliveira was also injured at Paris-Roubaix, falling on his left arm and shoulder after around 95km and subsequently fracturing his collardbone.