Tiesj Benoot fractures his neck in a training accident

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Tiesj Benoot broke his neck after a training accident while riding in the Italian Alps this weekend.

News of the Jumbo-Visma pilot crash broke in the Belgian media on Monday night with Het Laatste Nieuws reporting that he had collided with a car that had pulled out of a parking lot while he was on a descent. However, the team has not confirmed details of the accident.

Benoot posted an update on his condition on Tuesday morning, saying he had “never been in a life-threatening situation” but had suffered serious injuries as a result of the incident.

“First of all I want everyone to know I’m fine,” he wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday I was involved in an accident in the Italian Alps. I am now in the hospital and receiving good medical care to recover from the accident. Despite the seriousness of the situation — the exams showed that I had a small fracture in my neck — I have never been in a life-threatening situation and I am stable.

“Thank you all for sending me all your kind messages. In the coming weeks, I will be fully focused on my recovery.

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No prediction has been given on how long it will take Benoot to recover from his injuries, but he is unlikely to return to competition in the 2022 season.

According to Het Laatste Nieuws report, Benoot was in Italy with his family to attend a personal altitude training camp in Livigno to prepare for the latter part of the season. The Belgian, who joined Jumbo-Visma this winter, was in good form after the Tour de France and had recently finished third in the Clásica San Sebastián.

Work is underway to ensure Benoot’s return to Belgium, where he will continue his recovery.

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