SAN REMO, Italy (VN) — Colombian rider Carlos Quintero will spend the night in an Italian hospital after suffering a concussion, but he is not facing life-threatening injuries in the wake of a nasty fall in Milan-San Remo.
For a few moments Saturday afternoon it looked like cycling was facing another worst-case scenario when the Colombia-Coldeportes rider crashed heavily on the descent of Le Mànie.
Television images of doctors hurriedly treating the Coldeportes rider brought back the horrible images of last year’s Giro d’Italia, when Wouter Weylandt died during a similar high-speed fall.
There was no official word from the team, but race officials confirmed that Quintero suffered a concussion and momentarily lost consciousness in the wake of his crash.
He was later transported to a hospital where a CT scan ruled out any serious brain injury. X-rays revealed a fracture to his left cheekbone and shoulder blade and a contusion to his left lung.
Doctors are keeping him in the hospital overnight for observation.
Scores of other riders crashed during the always-nervous Milan-San Remo, but most were able to finish the race and were categorized as “crash(es) without consequences” in the post-race medical report.
Vladimir Gusev (Katusha) suffered facial trauma and heavy cuts and scrapes to his chest and arms. He was also transported to a local hospital for observation.