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Dutch cyclist fractures neck and back in collision with car on race course

102nd Giro d'Italia 2019 - Stage 15

COMO, ITALY - MAY 26: Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team Mitchelton - Scott / Madonna del Ghisallo (754m)/ Landscape / Peloton / Como Lake / during the 102nd Giro d’Italia 2019, Stage 15 a 232km stage from Ivrea to Como / Tour of Italy / #Giro / @giroditalia / on May 26, 2019 in Como, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Team Sunweb cyclist Edo Maas of the Netherlands is in stable condition after suffering neck, back and facial fractures when he hit a car that had wandered onto a fast downhill portion of the Piccolo Lombardia race on Sunday, his team reported.

“Edo is currently sedated, he is stable and his life is not at threat,” the team announced. “He has sustained fractures to his neck, back and face. Further investigations are ongoing to determine the full extent of his injuries.”

Maas was descending the Madonna del Ghisallo, a popular cycling path that featured in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

Edouard Bonnefoix, who was riding with Maas on the slope, said the car’s presence surprised the riders as they came out of a bend.

“A car crossed the road from the right,” Bonnefoix said in Twitter comments reported by CyclingNews and Wielerflits. “I don’t know how that was possible, but I think the driver came from his private land and didn’t see us coming.”

The 19-year-old cyclist finished fourth in last year’s Paris-Roubaix Juniors race. The Piccolo Lombardia race also is for young cyclists.