Johan Vansummeren out of hospital after collision; spectator in intensive care

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Apr. 6, 2014
  • Updated Apr. 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM EDT
Johan Vansummeren was released from a Belgian hospital Sunday night following his crash at the Ronde van Vlaanderen. The spectator, identified by Het Nieuwsblad as 65-year-old Marie-Claire Moreels, suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision. Photo: Tim De Waele |

OUDENAARDE, Belgium (VN) — Garmin-Sharp’s Johan Vansummeren has been released from a hospital Sunday evening after a high-speed crash involving a spectator early in the Tour of Flanders.

According to Belgian media, an elderly woman is in an intensive care unit in a local hospital after Vansummeren struck her while she was standing on a traffic island.

“I am in shock,” Vansummeren told Sporza. “I have a black eye and a few stitches, but that’s not important now. I feel bad for the people involved.”

Riders were sweeping past the traffic island, which was apparently unmarked and did not have a police officer signaling the danger.

As seen in a YouTube video, Vansummeren struck the spectator at close to full speed, the impact knocking off her shoes.

“I have no desire to go further into [details] of the crash,” Vansummeren said. “It would only get bogged down on who is to blame.”

The 2011 Paris-Roubaix champion was transported to a local hospital in a stretcher and neck brace. Team officials said he did not suffer any broken bones.

Here is a message posted on Garmin’s official Facebook page:

“Regarding JVS, he suffered facial lacerations and has been released from the hospital. He and we as a team send our thoughts and best wishes to the spectator involved.”


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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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