The young Gijs Leemreize (20), member of the Jumbo-Visma team, would have lost a finger during a fall at the Tour de Burgos on Tuesday.
The first stage of the Tour of Burgos on Tuesday marked the resumption of international professional cycling after several months of hiatus. But the euphoria was showered by a tragedy during the race.
The Dutchman Gijs Leemreize (20) was involved in a fall about fifty kilometers from the finish, was seriously injured in a hand and would have lost a finger, says Spanish television, broadcaster of the stage.
With so much excitement and anticipation, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Hate to see it 😖 #vueltaaburgos
— FloBikes (@flobikes) July 28, 2020
His team, Jumbo-Visma, has not yet confirmed the information but has communicated positively on the state of health of his young rider: “Gijs was taken to hospital, where he was successfully operated on by a plastic surgeon. Gijs is doing well given the circumstances. ”
Gijs is in the hospital, where the plastic surgeon will restore his damaged fingertip in the best possible way tonight. Gijs is doing okay given the circumstances. We wish him all the strength and a speedy recovery.
— Team Jumbo-Visma cycling (@JumboVismaRoad) July 28, 2020
Usual member of the development team, Leemreize had just signed a professional contract with the Dutch team. Because of the accident, he was forced to forfeit, just like the Colombian Sebastian Henao (Ineos).