The cyclist who t-boned a race support vehicle is recovering in the hospital without the need of surgery.
This weekend, at one of the most important road races on the domestic calendar, the Tour of Utah, there was a nasty crash when cyclist Matt Brammeier came in too hot on a hairpin turn and crashed into a support vehicle.
The collision happened at Guardsman Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon during Stage 6 of the event. The Irish national was racing for MTN-Qhubeka and chasing down the peloton when the crash occurred.
The footage of the collision is brutal. It shows a handful of other racers negotiating the hairpin turn, some much better than others. Navigating that 180-degree turn, many took a good line while others carried too much speed and had to get on the brakes too late, losing a few seconds in the process. And the multiple support vehicles were on the brakes or the gas nonstop to get in and out of the turn as quickly as possible, and out of the racers’ way.
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Twenty seconds into the video, Brammeier enters the frame going so fast that Bleacher Report questioned if his brakes went out — something that doesn’t really happen in road cycling — and nails a Porsche carrying team bikes.
Pieces of the bike go flying and Brammeier hits the tarmac, not moving. Off camera, you hear screams and a man saying, “That guy’s hurt.”
Brammeier hits the tarmac and is motionless. As the race slows, another crash occurs when two racers collide with a support motorcycle.
Looking back at the video, it appears that Brammeier found out about the turn too late. He’s in the worst possible place to make the turn, the inside line, when he grabs so much brake that the rear wheel comes off of the ground. He rides the nose wheelie for a second before the rear wheel comes down, getting squirrely trying to save it before clipping the back of the Porsche.
He was delivered by ambulance to the local hospital and the prognosis is positive.
Overwhelmed by all the messages guys. It really means a lot. I have a lot of special people out there. Thank you all. pic.twitter.com/BSuw6fEGaC
— Matt Brammeier (@Mattbrammeier85) August 9, 2015
“Thankfully, Matt has suffered no head, neck or spinal injuries and is currently stable in hospital. His musculoskeletal injuries are significant, however. He suffered rib fractures on both sides as well as a small pneumothorax. He also has fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones. Matt is unlikely to require surgery but will need some time to recover from his injuries,” said Dr. Jarrad van Zuydam, the team doctor for MTN-Qhubeka.
Not Brammeier’s first crash with a large vehicle — he broke both legs in a collision with a cement truck in 2007 — there may be a silver lining to Saturday’s event because the turn was lacking guardrails or barriers. Without the Porsche, Brammeier may have launched straight into the trees.
On the mend, the racer is thankful for the outpouring of support on social media.
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