Milan Vader will be repatriated two weeks after his crash in the Basque Country

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Jumbo-Visma’s Milan Vader is starting to recover from a serious crash at Itzulia Basque Country two weeks ago, the team announced on Friday.

Vader, 26, crashed into a guardrail during Stage 5 of the WorldTour race and fell down a steep embankment, suffering broken vertebrae, a fractured collarbone and a broken shoulder blade and, more serious, of a compression of its carotid artery which irrigates the brain. .

Vader was rushed to a hospital in Bilbao where doctors placed him in an induced coma and inserted stents into his carotid artery. The team gave no further update until Friday after the good news that he was removed from sedation on Tuesday and subsequently showed encouraging signs.

On Friday, the team wrote that his “recovery is progressing steadily, thanks to the good care of the medical staff”, and added “next week Milan will come to the Netherlands as normal for the next stage of his process”.

The rider’s father, Patrick, was in Spain during the event and gave an update to Dutch regional outlet Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant.

“He has started his rehabilitation and the outlook is good,” said Patrick Vader. “People here say they see him as a top athlete. Milan even inquired about his teammates immediately after he woke up.”

The rider’s Instagram story was updated on Saturday morning with an image of his time with the Dutch national team, which he rode at the Tokyo Olympic mountain bike event where he finished 10th. “Better news now,” the message said, referring to Jumbo-Visma’s announcement of his repatriation.

The picture is less clear for Vader’s compatriot Amy Pieters (SD Worx) who crashed during a national team camp in January and has been in a coma ever since. The BBC issued an update on Pieters two weeks ago, with team principal Danny Stam saying his situation was still uncertain.

“There’s still no clear picture of what we can and can’t expect,” Stam said. “Doctors say ‘until she does things on command, she’s not awake and we can’t wake her up’.”

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