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Belgian Rider Injured in Moto Crash Remains in Coma

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May 31, 2016 – Two Operations for Stig Broeckx to Reduce Cranial Pressure.

Belgian cyclist Stig Broeckx remained in a coma Tuesday after two head operations following a heavy crash during the Tour of Belgium on the weekend.

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“Because of the increased intracranial pressure, Stig Broeckx had to undergo two operations today, which stabilized the intracranial pressure again,” his team Lotto said.

RELATED: It’s been a difficult year for Lotto, read about Boeckmans’ crash at the Vuelta last season.

“Stig will need to stay in an induced coma for a while to let his body recover from the injuries and surgery. At the moment no prognosis can be made.”

The 26-year-old rider was involved in a crash of 19 riders, caused by a collision of two motorbikes. 11 riders in all were taken to the hospital, but Broeckx suffered the worst injuries. His Team Manager, Marc Sargeant released a statement after the race.

“Of course we are very shaken by all that has happened today. Last year our team had very difficult moments after the accident of Kris Boeckmans, exactly three months ago Stig was already hit by a motorbike in Kuurne and a few weeks later the peloton had to cope with the death of Antoine Demoitié. This is very hard for all staff members and riders, but even more for the family and friends of Stig. We can only hope that there is a positive evolution in the condition of Stig and we will support him and his family the best we can, both medically and emotionally.”