April 17, 2024

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Dwars Door Vlaanderen crash update – Surgery for Van Aert, Stuiven and Kirsch

Dwars Door Vlaanderen crash update – Surgery for Van Aert, Stuiven and Kirsch

Wout Van Aert's mournful cries after the Dwars Door Vlaanderen crash were accompanied by the brutal sight of a number of riders and bikes strewn across the road, with their shirts torn and the painful consequences of hitting the road hard at speed.

Some were taken to hospital for treatment, others had to abandon the race and some were able to continue riding, but injury updates continued in the hours after the race and into Thursday as Van Aert, Stuyven and Kirsch underwent surgery and the riders woke up in pain.

The Dwars Door Vlaanderen accident meant that “the world of cycling turned on its axis,” wrote Barry Ryan in his reflection on Van Aert’s ill-fated relationship with the Classics and what it meant for the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix and the sport.