Ghent Six Day: Gerben Thijssen in intensive care after crash on first day


Gerben Thijssen (left) was paired with 2017 winner Moreno De Pauw (right) for this year’s Ghent Six Day

Belgium’s Gerben Thijssen is in intensive care after being injured in a heavy crash in the first night of racing at the Ghent Six Day.

The Lotto Soudal rider, 21, suffered three small brain haemorrhages and fractured three ribs and a collarbone.

He will have further examinations on Wednesday and is expected to remain in intensive care for up to three days.

“Gerben remained conscious at all times,” said team spokesperson Philippe Maertens.