Team DSM’s Kevin Vermaerke was involved in a large crash during today’s eighth stage of the Tour de France. Kevin unfortunately took a heavy tumble in the opening 20 kilometres of the day which saw the American’s race end prematurely. Following the crash, he was taken to hospital for examinations which revealed a broken left collarbone, alongside other superficial wounds and contusions.
Vermaerke said: “I’m gutted to end the Tour de France like this. I have no words. I really wanted to continue on but unfortunately it was just not possible. I was really enjoying the opening week with the guys. The legs felt good and the atmosphere at the race was incredible, so I’ll take some nice memories with me but this motivates me even more to come back stronger. I want to wish the all of the guys the best of luck for the rest of the Tour.”
Team DSM physician Anko Boelens continued: “During a crash in today’s stage Kevin unfortunately fell hard on his shoulder. He was brought to a hospital where tests have shown that he broke his left collarbone during that crash. It is likely that he will need surgery but we will find out more in the coming days after further examinations. His other injuries are thankfully only superficial, including other wounds and contusions.”
Team DSM coach Matt Winston added: “It’s a real shame to lose Kevin and a disappointment for the team. He was doing a super good job in his first Tour de France. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to continue due to the injury. We’ll for sure miss him, he did a really good job in the opening stages but I’m sure he will come back stronger and have plenty more chances in the future.”