Bobbie Traksel (Unibet.com) was involved in an accident in the third stage of the French stage race Etoile de Bessèges on Friday, February 3, the same race where he suffered a serious crash in 2005. This time, the Dutchman hit a car head-on while on a descent. But in this crash he was "lucky": apart from a severe wound on his right leg and a concussion, Traksel 'only' broke two toes.
"I was really lucky," he said in the hospital of Alès, where he had to spend the night for observation. "It could have been much worse. At first I thought my ankle was broken." In 2005, Traksel was out of competition for quite a while after his crash in Bessèges.