According to AD.nl (opens in a new tab)Jumbo-Visma rider Milan Vader has been taken to hospital in Bilbao, Spain, after being seriously injured in an accident during stage 5 of the Itzulia Basque Country WorldTour race.
The Dutch outlet confirmed to Vader’s father, Patrick, that Milan, 26, had immediate surgery to insert stents into his carotid artery to preserve blood flow to his brain. He also suffers from broken vertebrae, a broken collarbone and scapula, and is under anesthesia. Team doctor Robert Kempers is with Vader in the hospital while Vader’s parents have left for Spain to be by his side.
According to the team, Vader was in stable condition after the surgery.
Vader was involved in a larger incident with around 15 runners in the first 70 kilometers and allegedly crashed into the guardrail. Photos showed the Dutchman on a grassy hill away from the race course.
Television cameras following the Basque Country of Itzulia also showed a later incident involving Lucas Hamilton (BikeExchange-Jayco), who also crashed into a guardrail while descending the Gonitzagaraigana climb with 68 km remaining in the 163.8 km stage. Hamilton landed in a tree, avoiding a much steeper fall.
Vader, a former mountain biker, is in his first professional season with Jumbo-Visma after finishing in the top 10 in the Olympics cross-country race behind winner Tom Pidcock.
Both Vader and Hamilton’s crash evoked the 2020 crash of new Itzulia race leader Remco Evenepoel, who fell over a stone wall during the descent from Sormano to Il Lombardia and suffered a fractured bowl.