Omloop Het Nieuwsblad officially happened on 26 February, 2022, Wout Van Aert came on top. The event also had its set of tragedies, as both Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) and Lawrence Naesen (AG2R Citroën) crashed and fractured their collarbones. For this, they had to undergo surgeries, they are out of a critical situation as of right now.
AG2R provided an official medical update:
Victim of a fall in the first kilometers of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Lawrence Naesen will be operated on this evening for multiple fractures of the collarbone. The duration of his unavailability will be known later.
Following Naesen’s crash, he was later on replaced by Stan De Wulf for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is not confirmed where Lawrence Naesen crashed, but we do know that there were two crashes, and Fernando Gaviria was also part of that crash. The first crash happened between Ghent and Ninove, at the first 55 km of the elite men’s race.
The first crash affected many riders, amongst them were Luke Durbridge (BikeExchange), Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), and Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates). The only one that could recover from the crash was Victor Campenaerts, although Alessandro Covi made it back for Kuurne- Brussel-Kuurne.
The second crash on the other hand was a grizzly one, as it took down Fernando Gaviria and many other riders. This crash occurred during the last 41km of the race. He hit the pavement and then was seen holding his hand in excruciating pain. He was treated by medical support before being taken to the hospital for further treatment.
The UAE Team Emirates provided the following medical update:
Unfortunately after a crash earlier today in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad we can confirm that Fernando Gaviria has a displaced clavicular fracture and will undergo surgery. Get well soon Fernando.
Let’s hope that both Gaviria and Naesen recover soon enough. Impressively, Gaviria has had a very strong start cycling season, accumulating two strong victories at the Tour Of Oman. Stay tuned for more updates!
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