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Deceuninck-Quick Step rider sustained multiple injuries in incident at Belgian one-day race

Matteo Trentin, runner-up in the men’s elite road race at the UCI Road World Championships last weekend, has called for safer crash barriers at pro bike races after his Deceuninck-Quick Step team mate Alvaro Hodeg sustained multiple fractures in a crash at the Eurometropole one-day race in Belgium yesterday.

Hodeg, one of the favourites for the race having won the Münsterland Giro on Thursday, sustained fractures to his left forearm, right shoulder and two ribs in the crash, and required surgery.

He had been in a good position to launch his sprint coming into the final corner, but came down heavily after he clipped the protruding foot of a crash barrier.

Writing on Twitter in response to a post from Pro Cycling Stats, Trentin called for similar barriers to be banned from races – and emphasised his point by highlighting some of the things for which riders may be sanctioned under UCI rules.

The race was won by Piet Allegaert of Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, with Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Florian Sénéchal second.

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