Unfortunately, crashes are a common consequence of riding and racing bikes.  But when it’s the rainbow stripes that go down, it seems to take on a whole new significance. Following a big group crash at today’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team teammates Ilan Van Wilder and Julian Alaphilippe both went down with serious consequences. At this time, updates are sparse, but this is what we received from the team.

This is what was reported from the race…”Evenepoel’s team leader, the two-time defending world champion Alaphilippe fell 60km from home after British rider Tom Pidcock tumbled as the peloton was racing hard, taking down a mass of riders.

The Frenchman flew off the road and downhill where a tree broke his fall and where his mangled bike was abandoned as he was taken away by ambulance. Alejandro Valverde was caught in the crash, as were Rigoberto Uran, Romain Bardet and Wilco Kelderman as the pack was reduced the pack to 60 riders.”

Team Release

Following Sunday’s crash at Liège–Bastogne–Liège, we have an update on Ilan Van Wilder and Julian Alaphilippe. During the incident, Ilan has unfortunately suffered a broken jaw, in a crash that saw a mass pile-up in the middle of the peloton, 62 kilometers from the finish.

In the same incident, World Champion Julian Alaphilippe suffered two broken ribs, a broken scapula and a hemo pneumothorax. His condition his stable, but will need to be hospitalized for observation. Both will travel by ambulance to Herentals for further examination and treatment.

No further statement will be made at this time.


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