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Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in Il Lombardia crash

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Remco Evenepoel holds the hand of directeur sportif Geert van Bondt

Remco Evenepoel holds the hand of directuer sportif Geert Van Bondt (Image credit: Getty Images)
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COMO ITALY AUGUST 15 Nicola Conci of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo Specialized bike of Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Crash Injury Abandon Medical Doctor during the 114th Il Lombardia 2020 a 231km race from Bergamo to Como ilombardia IlLombardia on August 15 2020 in Como Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

A rider passes Evenepeol's bike at the point where he crashed (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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COMO ITALY AUGUST 15 Lachlan Morton of Australia and Team EF Pro Cycling Michael Woods of Canada and Team EF Pro Cycling Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Crash Injury Abandon Medical Doctor during the 114th Il Lombardia 2020 a 231km race from Bergamo to Como ilombardia IlLombardia on August 15 2020 in Como Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Spectators rush to try to find Remco Evenepoel after his crash (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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A race doctor reaches Remco Evenepoel after his crash

A race doctor checks on Remco Evenepoel's condition (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel speaks before being put in a stretcher

Remco Evenepoel talks to his directeur sportif before being lifted back up to the road (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel crashed through the trees and was later diagnosed with a fractured hip and damaged lung

Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis in the crash (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Medical staff move Remco Evenepoel from the site of the crash

Race doctors and DEceuninck teamm staff lift Remco Evenepoel from the ravine (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel fell about 10 metres into a river bed

Remco Evenepoel is checked by medical staff (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel was put in a neck brace to be safely taken out of the ravine to an ambulance

Remco Evenepoel was placed in a neck brace before being taken to an ambulance (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel in action at Il Lombardia before his crash

Remco Evenepoel at Il Lombardia before his crash (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) Crashed during the descent of the Sormano in Il Lombardia

Medics work to stablise Evenepoel after his crash (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-Quickstep) Crashed during the descent of the Sormano in Il Lombardia

Remco Evenepoel was reportedly always conscious despite his high-speed crash (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Remco Evenpoel suffered a hair-raising crash during the final 50km of racing at Il Lombardia after losing control on the descent of the Muro di Sormano, hitting the stone wall of a bridge, and falling into the ravine below. 

Deceuninck-Quickstep confirmed Saturday evening that the 20-year-old suffered a fractured pelvis and bruised lung in the crash. 

Team manager Patrick Lefevere told media at the Como hospital that Evenepoel is unlikely to race again in 2020, explaining the fracture was at the head of his femur and in the pelvic area.

Italian RAI television reported that Evenepoel was conscious as medics arrived. Photos showed medics placing him in a precautionary neck brace and transporting him to a waiting ambulance.

The team said that Evenepoel, who won all four stage races he started this season: Tour de Pologne, the Vuelta a Burgos and, pre-pandemic, the Volta ao Algarve and Vuelta a San Juan – will be "on the sidelines for the upcoming period".  He was expected to lead Deceuninck-Quickstep in Tirreno-Adriatico next month and the Giro d'Italia in October.

Evenepoel will remain in the hospital overnight under observation, before traveling back to Belgium on Sunday.

The descent of the Sormano is known as one of the fastest and most technical on the professional circuit. In the 2017 edition of Il Lombardia, several riders crashed into a ravine on a different part of the descent.

Jan Bakelants, Laurens de Plus, Simone Petilli and Daniel Martinez were all injured in the 2017 crashes.

Deceuninck-QuickStep directeur sportif Davide Bramati spoke to Sporza about Evenepoel's crash. He was with him soon after the crash.

"We didn’t see the fall ourselves, we only heard about it on the race radio. When we saw that Remco's data had stopped, we already thought it was him. When we got there, all I saw was his bike. A bike without a rider, that's not a pleasant sight," he said. 

"I walked straight down and quickly saw that he was okay. He could talk and said he had pain in his right side. He's in the hospital now, with the doctor, Patrick [Lefevere] and his family. I think he'll be all right. But may the bad luck stop for us now,” Bramati said, referring to Fabio Jakobsen's crash at the Tour de Pologne.