All season long, professional cyclists have been run getting over by motorcycles during races. 25-year-old Belgian Antoine Demoitié died after getting run over during Gent Wevelgem, a stalled out motorbike caused a harrowing pile-up in Brooklyn last month, and Stig Broeckx was hospitalized after a medical moto ran into him in the first classic of the season. One month after returning to racing, Broeckx has once again been the victim of a motorcycle crash, this time a much harsher one that has reportedly left the rider in a coma.
According to reports from the Tour of Belgium, a race motorbike crashed into another motorbike during a descent, pushing it into the peloton and sending some 19 riders to the deck and 11 to the hospital, per Sporza. There is no video of the crash, but there are some photos of the aftermath.
Riders and race organizers met up and decided to cancel the stage.
As for Broeckx, he was airlifted to a local hospital and he is reportedly in a coma after suffering a fractured skull. Race organizers apparently said that he was conscious when he got in the helicopter.
We’ll update this post when more information becomes available.