At Piccolo Lombardia, Development Team Sunweb’s Edo Maas crashed into a car that had entered the parcours on the descent of the Madonna del Ghisallo. Edo was immediately transported to the hospital in Milano with severe injuries, where he has remained since. Team Sunweb and Edo’s family are extremely grateful to the medical and nursing staff of Niguarda hospital for taking care of Edo’s injuries and for their great compassion and commitment.
Upon the family’s request, another update is given.
Edo is now fully conscious and has been awake for a couple of days, and responds well to family and visiting team mates. The fractures to his back and the injuries on his face required multiple intensive surgeries over the last week, all of which were successful.
Edo is currently processing the diagnosis that the fracture in his back has led to paraplegia, a loss of nerve feeling in his legs. At this moment it remains unlikely that functionality in his legs will ever return, but fighting power and hope prevails.
At this stage no further information on Edo’s condition is available. We ask to respect Edo and the family’s privacy, as they process this difficult news. Another update will be provided when necessary.
Whilst this won’t undo this devastating tragedy, we once again call upon our governing body (UCI), to prioritise all of their time and resources on securing and ensuring the implementation of safe race conditions for teams and their riders.
This week has been extremely difficult for the Team Sunweb family, of which Edo and his loved ones are and will always remain a central part. We send all of our strength and prayers to them at this difficult time.