Davide Bramati: Gaviria's helmet broke into 27 pieces
Jan 25 2018 01:34 pm CET

Davide Bramati: Gaviria's helmet broke into 27 pieces
Davide Bramati: Gaviria's helmet broke into 27 pieces
Photo of Fernando Gaviria (c) Sigfrid Eggers

New details have emerged about Fernando Gaviria's crash at the Vuelta a San Juan and his current condition.

Gaviria has spent the night in observation at the hospital of San Juan after suffering a heavy crash that took him out of the Argentinean race. "His helmet was in 27 pieces," said Quick-Step Floors' Davide Bramati.

The Sports Director added that the Colombian would stay in observation at the hospital. "We did not want to take any risks," he explained.

Team Doctor Jose Ibarguren Taus expects Gaviria to be dismissed later on the day. "But new tests will be taken first," he commented. "He has a deep flesh wound to the left knee that fortunately didn't need any stitches and he has skin injuries all over, from the hands to the back."

The doctor also gave more clarity about the circumstances of the crash. "The peloton was riding really hard and then riders suddenly fell, it was a hard wind blow," he explained. "Gaviria wanted to continue but after ten minutes I decided that we shouldn't take any risks."

Trek-Segafredo's Peter Stetina, who was also involved in the crash, explained that a sudden blow of wind came straight at them after a curve. "It was an inferno," he affirmed. "Suddenly bikes and wheels were flying everywhere."

Gaviria hopes to be in good conditions for the Colombian Road Championships, that will take place next Sunday, and also for the race Colombia Oro y Paz that will start on the 6th of February.



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