Julian Alaphilippe seriously injured after Liège-Bastogne-Liège crash

After having crashed due to a team car just over a week ago at Brabantse Pijl, Julian Alaphilippe's luck did not improve as he finished his spring on the roadside of a Belgian road with several broken bones. The World champion crashed at today's Liège-Bastogne-Liège where he was one of the big favourites, and has sustained meaningful injuries that will have him off the bike for undetermined time.

A France Télévisions report has confirmed the injuries that the World champion sustained in a pile-up that took place in the race's final 60 kilometers. With the peloton traveling at high speeds down a narrow road, an apparent touch of wheels took several riders down and many couldn't avoid the crash due to the speeds. Alaphilippe was involved in the crash, having landed in a ditch on the right side of the road. Compatriot Romain Bardet descended down to assist the Frenchman at the time, before being transferred to the hospital.

"Julian Alaphilippe suffered two broken ribs and a broken scapula. The ribs also punctured his lungs causing a hemo pneumothorax," FT said. Alongside Alaphilippe, young talent Ilan van Wilder has also hit the deck sustaining meaningful injuries: "...Ilan has unfortunately suffered a broken jaw in a crash that saw a mass pile-up in the middle of the peloton..."

With Fausto Masnada said to be out of the Giro d'Italia due to mononucleosis, van Wilder will be another heavy absence for the Belgian team as he will seek to recover from the injuries.

"Both will travel by ambulance to Herentals for further examination and treatment," it was reported at the time. The balance is negative for Quick-Step, however they have gotten some compensation for having Remco Evenepoel taking a much needed win in the streets of Liège later on in the afternoon.

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