Lodewyck Crashes Out Of Dubai Tour6. February 2015 — Road Team
BMC Racing Team's Klaas Lodewyck broke his right collarbone Friday after he was involved in an unusual crash midway through Stage 3 of the Dubai Tour. (©Tim De Waele/TDWsport)
'It Was A Hard Crash'
The peloton was crossing a grate covered by carpet on a downhill section when the carpet suddenly lifted off the ground. Lodewyck went down, along with several others.
"This carpet that was in the road came up by the wind of the peloton and it suddenly blocked my front wheel and, before I knew it, I was on the ground," he said. "It was a hard crash. At first I thought everything was OK. But after a minute or two, it felt pretty painful in the right shoulder and I decided to stop."
Lodewyck was taken to a hospital in Dubai where X-rays confirmed an undisplaced fracture of the right clavicle, BMC Racing Team Dr. Roger Palfreeman said.
Friday's setback was the latest in a series of medical maladies for Lodewyck. Last September, he underwent surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat. In June, he broke his right collarbone in a crash while racing with the Belgian national team.
Dr. Palfreeman said Lodewyck will need to see a specialist to determine whether surgery will be required.
Two In The Top 10
BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert finished sixth and Brent Bookwalter was eighth on the stage that finished with a steep, 200-meter climb featuring sections up to 20 percent gradient. John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin) took the win and the overall lead.
With a day of the race to go, the BMC Racing Team leads the team standings by three seconds over the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.
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