A moto knocked Stig Broeckx to the ground Sunday at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, and now the Belgian’s spring season is over due to a fractured collarbone, fractured rib, and bruised hand. Lotto – Soudal announced Monday that Broeckx, 25, has been released from the hospital in Deinze, Belgium, after a successful surgery.
The team expressed its concern in a statement, noting the rash of recent safety issues at races:
“Lotto Soudal hopes that after the succession of events the past few months and because of what happened yesterday during Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne the theme ‘safety’ won’t only be further discussed between organisations, teams and their interest groups, federations and the international cycling union, but that soon also concrete measures will be taken to increase the safety of the riders.”
Also on Monday, BMC Racing president Jim Ochowicz echoed those concerns in an open letter to the UCI:
“This weekend we saw two serious incidents take place that involved vehicles on the race course taking down riders on live television at La Drôme Classic in France and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in Belgium. Incredible! The riders deserve far more respect than what they are receiving from those who are responsible for protecting their safety. We all understand that there exists an element of danger in the sport of cycling from a number of places and conditions but no rider expects to be run down from behind by an over-enthusiastic pilot on a closed race course. Disgraceful!”