According to regional publication Knack.be, Belgian cyclist Grace Verbeke, 2010 Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) winner, was seriously injured this morning while out training in Flanders. Reports say a small breakdown lorry hit her on a crossroads in Gistel. Initially with life-threatening injuries, she was stabilised around noon in the hospital in Oostende.
Her team Topsport Vlaanderen - Ridley reports on Facebook that Verbeke lost consciousness for a moment, fractured an eye socket, has cuts to her face and thigh and heavily bruised her pelvis and femur. (Found via @TourDeJose)
Het Nieuwsblad says that, contrary to earlier reports, Verbeke's injuries were never life-threatening.
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