Jumbo-Visma rider Milan Vader is now in a "stable" condition in hospital after crashing over a guardrail on a descent early on during yesterday's fifth stage of the Itzulia Basque Country Tour.
The former Dutch mountain biking champion was taken to hospital in Bilbao, where he was operated on last night, and his parents are travelling this evening from the Netherlands to be at his bedside, reports AD.nl.
The 26 year old is said to have sustained injuries including broken vertebrae, as well as a broken collarbone and shoulder blade, and narrowing of his carotid arteries.
Late last night, Jumbo-Visma confirmed their rider's condition is now stable, and "Milan is receiving very good medical care in the university medical hospital".
The team said a further update will be shared today.
Following the reports about Milan Vader after his crash in today's stage of Itzulia Basque Country, we would like to inform you that his situation is stable. Milan is receiving very good medical care in the university medical hospital in Bilbao. An update will be shared tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/U5s0sLUenL
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) April 8, 2022
Vader, who is in his first season racing on the road – he was 10th in the mountain bike cross-country event at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics – was riding just his third race for Jumbo-Visma, having made his debut at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in February, then finishing 50th at Strade Bianche in early March.
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