Johnny Hoogerland, the Dutch rider perhaps best known for completing the 2011 Tour de France despite suffering severe lacerations when he was catapulted into a barbed wire fence with a fortnight of the race still to ride, will be joining the Italian team, Androni Giocattoli, for 2014.
It’s one of a number of high-profile transfers during the close season, and one necessitated by the fact that Hoogerland’s Vacansoleil-DCM team has folded. It comes after GCN compiled its take on the 10 biggest transfers for 2014.
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Johnny Hoogerland’s Vacansoleil-DCM team says that the injuries the Dutch rider sustained when he was hit by a car while training in Spain yesterday are not as serious as originally feared, although it confirmed that he had broken five ribs and some vertebrae in the incident.
In a statement released this afternoon, the WorldTour team said: "After he was hit by a turning car on Sunday Hoogerland is on the intensive care in the hospital of Villajoyosa. On Monday morning he was examined."
Vacansoleil-DCM has confirmed that its rider Johnny Hoogerland has fractured some ribs after being hit by a car while training in Spain for the Tour Méditerranée, which starts in Limoux in the Aude department of France on Wednesday.
In a statement released this evening, the Dutch WorldTour team said:
This afternoon Johnny Hoogerland crashed hard while training. The rider of Vacansoleil-DCM was going slightly downhill when a turning car didn't see the rider and hit the unfortunate Hoogerland.
Cadel might have ended up in yellow, but many people's hero of the Tour de France was Vacansoleil's Jonny Hoogerland. Flung from his bike into a barbed wire fance by an errant TV car, Jonny needed 33 stitches in cuts to his legs and buttocks when he finished the Issoire to Saint Flour stage.
Vacansoleil-DCM rider Johnny Hoogerland has said that riding a stage of the Tour de France today was a lot more comfortable than trying to sleep in his hotel bed following the injuries he received in Sunday’s crash which led to him needing 35 stitches to cuts on his legs.
Team Sky are reported to still be waiting for a personal apology from the broadcaster France Télévisions after one of its cars struck Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha as he rode in a breakaway group during Sunday’s Stage 9 of the Tour de France. Sports director Sean Yates confirmed that while the 33 year-old is still in the race, he is still feeling the effect of the injuries suffered in the incident.
Tour car crash: Sky consider ALL their options, French police investigate, Hoogerland & Flecha aim to ride on
Team Sky has not ruled out taking legal action over the incident in which a car belonging to French TV station hit Juan Antonia Flecha during stage 9 of this year's Tour de France… however, they have not ruled it in either.