Pieter Serry and Julien Vermote Update
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Pieter Serry and Julien Vermote suffered a crash after 70 kilometers, on a downhill of Giro d’Italia Stage 11 on Wednesday.
Vermote, as consequence of the crash, has wounds in the area of the left tibia that requires a few stitches. He also has wounds on both the right knee, elbow, and hip. He has also a thorax contusion on the right side. The team will monitor closely how he passes through the night, but normally he will be able to start.
Serry has muscular pain to the cervical area due to the impact on the road, and a contusion on the right quadricep. Serry also underwent X-rays at the finish that excluded any fracture. Serry will be at the start tomorrow.
“A guy went down in front of me,” Vermote said of the crash. “I don’t know what happened if he was descending too fast or what, but he went down two positions in front of me and I couldn’t avoid him. So, I really went down badly. I hit the ground on the left side and I finished my crash on the right side of the road. We will see tomorrow what will happen. I will try this evening to have a good night, recover, and tomorrow morning I will see what is going on. But, normally, I will be at the start.”
“It was a long day after the crash, but Julien and I made it to the finish,” Serry said. “I am happy that nothing is broken. I am quite optimistic for tomorrow. It will be hard of course because I also have pain and my neck will be stiff. But, fortunately, this is a time trial and I can take it easy and try for the rest of the day to recover and try to be as ok as fit as possible on Friday morning.”