Not only Christophe Brandt (Davitamon-Lotto) was badly injured in a crash at the Schaal J.C. Sels in Merksems, Belgium - also Robert Slippens, the well-known Sixday track rider was hurt. Slippens is under intensive care in the hospital in Brasschaat, as his diagnosis involved ten broken ribs, multiple fractures to his collarbone and a perforated lung. He will remain in hospital at least until the end of the week.
With these injuries, Slippens will surely miss the start of the Sixday season, and his usual partner, Danny Stam, is now being linked to Peter Schep for the first few events. But another Sixday rider, Iljo Keisse, also lost his usual partner Matthew Gilmore in a recent crash, and also hopes to partner up with Schep.