Belgian Boeckmans in coma after Vuelta crash

Lotto-Soudal rider Kris Boeckmans of Belgium rides during a team training session on the eve of La Vuelta cycling race, in Malaga, southern Spain, August 21, 2015.


Belgian Kris Boeckmans is in an induced coma after crashing on the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain on Saturday, a 182.5-km ride from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia.

“Kris Boeckmans has a severe facial trauma with several fractures and will probably need surgery,” his Belgian team Lotto-Soudal said on their Twitter feed.

“He has concussion, 3 broken ribs and bleeding in his lung. He is now being kept in an induced coma for a few days.”

Boeckmans was one of several riders to crash with about 50-km left in the stage won by Belgian Jasper Stuyven of the Trek Factory team.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Tony Jimenez)

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