Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Casper crashes

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to two-time former Lanterne Rouge Jimmy Casper.

"Team managers and top riders were among those cursing the organisers of the Gent-Wevelgem one-day classic on Wednesday as the treacherous cobblestones sent several riders to hospital. The descent of the Kemmel climb, completed twice by the peloton, took the biggest toll and left one rider, Frenchman Jimmy Casper, in intensive care. Unibet's Casper sustained head, face, and shoulder injuries when he came down hard on the downhill section some 50km from the finish. He lay bloodied and prone after he came off his bike, flipped over and scraped his face across the ground and is now in hospital awaiting surgery."

Update: According to the Unibet Cycling website, Casper sustained a broken wrist and broken jawbone on April 11th, along with a "split upper lip and his torn up tongue". I haven't seen any more recent updates on his recovery, but I'd guess that would keep him out of action at least through the Giro d'Italia which starts on May 12th (and is listed on Unibet Cycling's pro team calendar).

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