Dutch sprinter Theo Bos (Cervélo) has been released from the hospital following his horrific crash when he collided full speed with a parked motorcycle alongside the route in Wednesday’s time trial at the Vuelta a España.
Bos was focused on the rider in front of him as he churned out a big gear, topping speeds of 50kph, when he drifted to the left side of the road to protect himself from crosswinds sweeping across the flat course. The former track world champion did not see the parked motorcycle and collided at full speed.
“Theo was watching the guy in front of him and he was focused on him and just didn’t see the motorcycle. He was riding 50kph and hit the motorcycle. You can imagine, no brakes, it was very bad,” Cervélo TestTeam sport director Philippe Mauduit told VeloNews. “Theo was very, very lucky, because it was really a nasty crash.”
Mauduit said the collision was “horrible” and that Bos was thrown to the ground from the intense impact.
“We were really worried at first. We came out of the car and he was lying on his back, saying, ‘Help me! Help me! I don’t want to die here!’ That was tough,” Mauduit explained. “Then the ambulance came pretty fast, but we were 70-80km to the hospital. That was 30-40 minutes to the hospital, you think, what could happen. Luckily, he is OK.”
Incredibly, Bos suffered no broken bones and no serious injuries. He was released from a Spanish hospital around midnight on Wednesday and traveled with Cervélo’s team doctors throughout Thursday’s stage to make sure there were no surprises with his health. Bos is scheduled to fly home Friday.
The motorcycle belonged to one of the photographers following the Vuelta a España and was in a spot well off the side of road. Mauduit said the accident occurred along a stretch of road that was more than two kilometers straight, and simply that Bos was concentrated on the rider in front of him and did not see the motorcycle.
“The motorbike was parked on the left side of the road. He was just parked here to let his photographer do to the shots as the riders passed one-by-one,” Mauduit said. “The wind was coming from the right side, so riders were drifting to the left side of the road. Bos did not see the motorcycle there.”
Bos is in his second season on the road after competing as a highly successful track racer. Bos picked up for victories this season and twice finished in the top-10 in sprints at the Vuelta, his grand tour debut.
Last year in his rookie road season, Bos was the center of controversy when he collided with race leader Daryl Impey at the Tour of Turkey last April. He was later suspended for one month by the UCI for “dangerous behavior.”