Crash-marred End to Antwerpse Havenpijl for BMC Development Team7. August 2016, Antwerp (BEL) — Development Team
A crash inside the final 150 meters of today’s Antwerpse Havenpijl saw Bram Welten knocked out of contention for victory in the final sprint.
A bunch sprint looked inevitable as the peloton were keeping tight control of the race for most of the day, never letting a breakaway gain more than a minute’s advantage.
With all the attacks neutralised with five kilometers to go, the race headed towards a final, hectic bunch sprint which was won by Timothy Dupont (Veranda Willems) followed by Enzo Wouters (Lotto-Soudal U23) and Kenny Dehaes (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).
Reaction from Inside the Sports Director’s Car
Klaas Lodewyck: “The guys were all riding really well today and we looked in a good position going into the final sprint with Bram but unfortunately it wasn’t our day today. In the last 150 meters of the race there was a crash which pushed Bram into the barriers and he landed pretty heavily on his previously broken collarbone so he was taken to hospital for further checks.”
Medical Update on Bram Welten
Following his crash Bram Welten was taken to hospital in Belgium for observation. BMC Development Team Doctor, Dr. Scott Major provided the following update:
"Bram landed on the same shoulder as his previous fractured collarbone. The plate has bent slightly and there is small, new fracture but it is stable and he will be able to ride in a few days. There is also some road rash which is still to heal but at this point I don't think that he will have to take time off the bike."
Antwerpse Havenpijl (UCI 1.2)
One day race / 178.1km
Top 3: 1. Timothy Dupont (Veranda Willems) 2. Enzo Wouters (Lotto-Soudal U23) 3. Kenny Dehaes (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 81. Martin Schäppi 123. Zeke Mostov 132. Bram Welten