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Verbeke seriously injured in training accident

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Grace Verbeke (Lotto Ladies Team) was overjoyed to win the 2010 Ronde van Vlaanderen

Grace Verbeke (Lotto Ladies Team) was overjoyed to win the 2010 Ronde van Vlaanderen (Image credit: CJ Farquharson/WomensCycling.net)
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Grace Verbeke on the podium.

Grace Verbeke on the podium. (Image credit: velopalmares.free.fr)

Grace Verbeke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Ridley 2012) was hit by a vehicle in Gistel, Belgium while on a training ride this morning and suffered serious injuries, according to Sporza.

Verbeke's team stated on Facebook that the 26-year-old Belgian initially lost consciousness and has been diagnosed with a fractured eye socket, cuts to the face, upper leg and pelvis, plus heavy bruising. She's being treated at a hospital in Ostend for her injuries.

In 2010 Verbeke became the first Belgian to win the women's Tour of Flanders and later that year she added a national time trial championship to her palmares. Verbeke capped off her 2010 season with a sixth place finish in the world road race championships.