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After his crash in Il Lombardia on saturday october 7th

After his serious crash at the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday, October 7, Jan Bakelants was immediately taken to the St Anna Hospital in Como (Italy) for examinations where the doctors who took care of him, in collaboration with the medical team from AG2R LA MONDIALE directed by Eric Bouvat, diagnosed seven rib fractures, as well as the fractures of two dorsal vertebrae (D8, D10) and two lumbar vertebrae (L1 and L3), which required placing him in intensive care.

Jan must undergo an emergency operation in Belgium to stabilize the fractures of the L3 vertebra. On account of a hemothorax, among other things, it was unfortunately impossible to transfer him to Belgium in the days immediately following the crash.
His condition has now stabilized enough to allow him to be transferred to Gasthuisberg Hospital in Leuven (Belgium) in the afternoon of Thursday, October 12th.
Yesterday, a medical team chartered by Mondial Assistance arrived in Como to assist him during this transfer back to Belgium.
He should be operated on Friday, October 13th in Leuven by a specialist surgeon.

Jan’s parents, his companion Daphne and his daughter Julia have been with him since Monday, October 9th.

Jan and his family were shocked by the accident, and are now relieved to be returning to Belgium, and his next operation before beginning a long rehabilitation.

Jan was very touched by the many messages of support that he received, but cannot respond to at the moment.
Jan and his family ask everyone, the public and the media, to respect their wish for quiet and privacy during these difficult times when the number one priority will be to allow Jan to return to the level of health that will allow him to resume his career.

The AG2R LA MONDIALE cycling team wishes Jan a speedy recovery, and everyone hopes to see him very soon back in the peloton.

A new update regarding his health will be published after the operation.

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