Dutch cyclist Milan Vader is in “stable” condition after sustaining a serious injury during the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country.
The 26-year-old is having stents placed in his carotid arteries because they are narrowed, his father told the Current Provincial Zeeuwse. Vader also suffered broken vertebrae, a broken collarbone, and a broken shoulder blade in the fall.
The Jumbo-Visma rider was taking part in the 100km descent and dove over the guardrail while part of the peloton.
His team shared a message on social media saying: “Following reports of Milan Vader following his crash in today’s stage of Itzulia Pays Basque, we would like to inform you that his situation is stable. Milan receives from very good medical care at the University Medical Hospital of Bilbao. An update will be shared tomorrow.”
Vader was in just his third race for Jumbo-Visma after making his Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana debut in February.
Last summer, Vader competed in the Olympics on his mountain bike and finished tenth in Tokyo.
Following his recent transition to road cycling, he said: “We talked about the path for the years to come. Road racing is relatively new to me. I used to run on the road, but not a lot. I can’t wait to be there.
“I like that everything is performance-oriented at Team Jumbo-Visma. I expect to learn a lot and develop as an athlete. A big goal will be the Paris Olympics. I hope to win a medal in mountain biking. The Jumbo-Visma team is the perfect option to help me with that.”
Merijn Zeeman, sporting director of Jumbo-Visma said last year: “We see a lot of potential in him. He is physically extremely gifted. He is technically very good on the bike. In addition, his personality seduces us a lot. Milan is someone who is very willing to invest in himself and can work well together.