Lotto Dstny's 23-year-old Belgian, Maxim van Gils has had an impressive race so far at his first Tour de France, finishing second on stage 13 atop Grand Colombier. Sadly though, he has been involved in a crash on the second rest day of the race.
Van Gils into a small truck as he looked to keep active by going on a training ride during the rest day. The truck is said to have braked abruptly whilst on a descent with van Gils being taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
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The good news is that during his medical check at the hospital, no serious injuries have been found. “Fortunately, no fractures were detected,” says Lotto Dstny's team doctor Peter Plessers. “Maxim just starts in the time trial on Tuesday and wants to reach Paris. He has pain in his shoulder, but fortunately no fractures.”
“Obviously this is not a pleasant thing. That will come in for a while, but Maxim can cycle and would like to make it to Paris," he continues. "This shows once again how strong riders are and driven not to give up.”