After news broke recently that Quick-Step Floors riders, Laurens De Plus and Petr Vakoc, had suffered a training ride collision with a truck the cycling world was reminded of the dangers facing riders.
However, it seems that Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) too felt the full impact of what can happen to riders out on the road not long after.
The Polish rider suffered several cuts and bruises to his face as well as whiplash but thankfully, unlike De Plus and Vakoc, he didn’t suffer from any broken bones or serious injuries.
— Tomasz Marczyński (@TMarczynski) February 10, 2018
The Vuelta a España stage winner was training for the upcoming Ruta Del Sol when he was tackling a fast descent.
“As I drove on a main road in the descent, a car from a right-hand side street turned left. I could not possibly brake, driving head-on into the side of the car and banged my head on the car.” he told Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad.
Shortly after the Polish rider was taken to hospital where scans showed that nothing was broken but that didn’t stop him needing stitches to his nose. Originally planned to take on the same stage race where Chris Froome will make his 2018 debut, Marczynski will now be replaced by Brit James Shaw.
— Tomasz Marczyński (@TMarczynski) February 11, 2018
The Lotto-Soudal rider later posted an image to Twitter showing off his HJC helmet post-crash. Showing relatively few cracks, the helmet seemed to have held up considering the rider smashed his head into a car on a descent.
Let’s hope that Marczynski recovers quickly.