Discovery Channel weren't the only team licking their wounds after yesterday's 67th edition of Gent-Wevelgem, with the race marred by numerous crashes as a result of the windy conditions and nervous racing. After 12 km, a big crash took out Fabrizio Guidi (Phonak), who broke his right wrist, and Tom Boonen (Quick.Step) and Roy Sentjens (Rabobank) were also involved. A subsequent crash ended Sean Sullivan (Barloworld) and Roger Hammond's (Discovery) hopes, with the former breaking his collarbone and the latter breaking his thumb, spraining his ankle and bruising his knee.
T-Mobile didn't come off well either, after team leader Andreas Klier crashed at km 120. The crash happened when Klier swerved onto the bike path on a narrow road, and was hit by a race moto. He was taken to hospital in Veurne, where he received three stitches to his knee and also suffered concussion.
"Andreas couldn't remember anything just after the crash," said T-Mobile's doctor Stefan Vogt, who accompanied Klier to hospital in Veurne, on t-mobile-team.com. "But, thankfully nothing is broken and he was able to check out of the clinic with us."
Klier is very doubtful for this Sunday's Paris-Roubaix. "It is too soon for a definitive decision", said Vogt, "But it is not looking good."