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Fears for health of two road stars

In two seperate incidents, two leading lights of the Euro peloton
have been seriously injured.

Procycling report on their website that fears are growing in Belgium tonight (Monday)
for the long-term health of Johan Museeuw, following his traffic accident near Ostend
yesterday, just 200 metres from his home in Gistel, Belgium.

The Mapei team’s leader was riding his motorbike with his wife and daughter, close
to Ostend, when he was hit by a car while turning left at a road junction.

He is suffering from a blood clot and a reported brain heamorrhage.

A brain scan has confirmed that the 34 year old former world champion’s condition
has not stablilised and he is now under neurological observation in the hospital’s
intensive care unit. Last night, Museeuw’s left leg was operated on for his injuries.
"His left leg is responding well, but we can’t make any predictions on his full
recovery," said a hospital spokesman.

Marcel Wurst a winner of a stage in the Tour de France this July, was seriously injured
in one eye following a high speed crash at a criterium in France.

Exact details of the fall are sketchy but Wust was said to be sprinting when he fell
with another rider, suffering serious eye injuries.

The German was subsequently operated on by eye specialists and is now recovering
in hospital.

More details when we have them.


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