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Good news for Hoogerland and Tankink

By:
Cycling News
Published:
February 12, 2013, 09:34,
Updated:
February 12, 2013, 09:35
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Johnny Hoogerland

Johnny Hoogerland

  • Johnny Hoogerland
  • Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil - DCM)
  • Bram Tankink
  • Bram Tankink (Team Rabobank)

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Hoogerland ok to return to Netherlands,Tankink with clean break

There was good new for two Dutch riders hit by cars recently in Spain whilst training. Johnny Hoogerland can now be transferred to a hospital in the Netherlands and Bram Tankink will not need surgery on his broken collarbone.

Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) suffered broken ribs,damaged vertebrae and a bruised liver when he was hit by a car over a week ago, and spent several days in intensive care. On Monday he tweeted that he got the “green light” to return to his homeland.

He will not go directly home but will have to spend more time in hospital. He must only wait until his health insurance reaches an agreement with a flight back.

Tankink (Blanco) broke his collarbone when hit by a car on Sunday. He was able to fly home that same day, and underwent further examinations there. The team announced Monday evening that he has a clean fracture. “He will start indoor training this week. If the outdoor rides go well next week, he will start in Paris-Nice!”

Hoogerland and Tankink are only the two latest victims in a months-long series of incidents involving riders being hit by cars whilst training.

lowgear 11 days ago
Nobody wants to see Hoogerland hang up his ride. Over the years every time he was in a break-a-way clearly, he was the manager prodding others to "do their share and pull", know what is a "best pace" and keep the lone rider to think beyond a "my race" mind set. The smart ones listened and formed a tight group. Any sponsor looking for a team manager that can think in the seat, they might want to look at JH.