The Belgian prodigy hit the deck with 85 kilometres of the largely flat stage remaining when the winds sparked attacks and echelons. He was taken to a local hospital for medical checks.
“No one else was involved in the fall. Remco was taken away with the ambulance, but we do not have any more information yet,” said Deceuninck-QuickStep directeur sportif Geert Van Bondt, according to Sporza.
The Deceuninck-QuickStep team later explained that Evenepoel had suffered abrasions on his elbow, under arm, hip and fingers but fortunately had not suffered any fractures or had signs of concussion. He will now spend a couple of days recuperating and should be able to start training at the weekend. His race program for the next weeks should not be in danger.
“I am of course upset and a little bit scared about what happened, as it was my first World Tour race and this is not how I wanted it to end,” Evenepoel explained.
“But apart from some soreness, I’m okay and nothing is broken, which is a relief. I hope to heal fast and return as soon as possible to the pack.”
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