Alaphilippe suffers fractures and collapsed lung in Liège-Bastogne-Liège crash
Frenchman fractures shoulder blade and two ribs in mass crash as Van Wilder suffers broken jaw
World champion Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-AlphaVinyl) has suffered a fractured shoulder blade, two fractured ribs, and a collapsed lung after he was caught up in a mass crash ahead of the Col du Rosier at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
The world champion crashed with 62km to go along with more than a dozen other major favourites including Ineos Grenadiers' Tom Pidcock. Team DSM's Romain Bardet, also involved in the fall, climbed down the steep embankment to help his compatriot Alaphilippe.
According to France Télévisions, Alaphilippe was conscious in the ambulance as he was being transported to hospital but complaining of back pain. Also caught up in the crash were Rigoberto Uran, Odd Eiking, Ben Healy, Simon Carr, and Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-EasyPost), Jos van Emden (Jumbo-Visma), Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).
After the race, which was won by his teammate Remco Evenepoel with a 29km solo attack on the Côte de La Redoute, QuickStep-AlphaVinyl confirmed to Cyclingnews that Alaphilippe was stable in hospital but had suffered multiple fractures as a result of his fall. His teammate Ilan Van Wilder has also suffered a broken jaw.
"Julian Alaphilippe suffered two broken ribs and a broken scapula. The ribs also punctured his lungs causing a hemo pneumothorax," read a statement from the team.
"During the [crash], Ilan has unfortunately suffered a broken jaw in a crash that saw a mass pile-up in the middle of the peloton, 62km from the finish.
"Both will travel by ambulance to Herentals for further examination and treatment."
Two Arkéa-Samsic riders were also injured, with Elie Gesbert breaking his hip and Lukasz Owsian a dislocated shoulder.
TotalEnergies' Jeremy Cabot was transported to hospital, while his teammates Fabien Doubey and Cristian Rodriguez also crashed but escaped serious injuries.
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Daniel Ostanek is production editor at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired as staff writer. Prior to joining the team, he had written for most major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly, Rouleur, and CyclingTips.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France and the spring Classics, and has interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.
As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Daniel also runs The Leadout newsletter and oversees How to Watch guides throughout the season. His favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Volta a Portugal, and he rides a Colnago C40.