Gorka Izagirre crashes out in Belgium
12 August 2015

Eneco Tour (st. 3)

Basque rider from Movistar Team abandons 50km from Ardooie's finish on Eneco Tour stage three; injuries not serious

Gorka Izagirre suffered a bad incident on Wednesday during stage three of the 2015 Eneco Tour, held on Flemish roads over 170km from Beveren to Ardooie. Riding into the main peloton, 50km away from the finish line, the Ormaiztegi-born rider crashed against a traffic signal and suffered a big blow to his head.

Always conscious, yet bewildered, the Basque allrounder responded to all stimulus from sports director José Luis Jaimerena and the race doctors, before being inmobilized and moved to a medical center nearby, where Izagirre was ruled out any serious injuries following a scanner check.

"He has some bruises and a blow in his left-side temple," explained José Luis Laguía from the hospital, "and also feels a bit dizzy and in pain, but it's not dangerous at all. He's coming back to the team hotel with me and José Luis Jaimerena, with no other checks expected."

Tom Boonen (EQS) took the last bunch sprint before the race starts to get decided tomorrow into a 14km ITT in Hoogerheide. Jesper Asselman (ROO) remains in the leader's jersey.