Mikel Landa’s participation in the 2018 Vuelta a Espana is in serious doubt after he sustained an injury in a late crash in the 2018 Clasica San Sebastian on Saturday.
Landa was brought down after Ben King fell at the front of the peloton on the approach to the final climb with only 19km to go. Landa looked in immediate trouble after hitting the ground, and though he remained conscious, he was unable to get up as medics rushed to attend to him.
He was put in a neck brace and on to a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Donostia Hospital, where it was confirmed he had a “fracture without displacement of the spinous process in his lumbar vertebra L1.”
— ⭐ L'ÉQUIPE ⭐ (@lequipe) August 5, 2018
His Movistar team confirmed that he would return home and require two to three weeks of complete rest, with the Vuelta a Espana just a few weeks away, starting on August 25.
The 28-year-old, who had a disappointing Tour de France campaign, was aiming to help deliver an overall win for his team alongside Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde. Movistar did not confirm if he would definitely miss the start of the Vuelta.
Meanwhile, Team Sky’s young superstar Egan Bernal was also brought down and injured in the same crash. Like Landa, he was unable to move and was loaded on to a stretcher by medics before being moved to the hospital.
The Colombian suffered serious facial trauma in the crash which required surgery, with scans revealing a nasal fracture and a maxillary injury. Sky confirmed that he would be assessed by specialists and Bernal later confirmed on Twitter that he had undergone successful surgery,
Muchas gracias a todas las personas que han estado pendientes y han enviado mensajes de apoyo, ayer mi caída estuvo algo fuerte pero ya me hicieron operación en la nariz y en la boca, ahora tengo que ponerle un par de dientes que se me cayeron 🤦🏽♂️🙄😬 pero,bueno.. paciencia
— Egan Arley Bernal (@Eganbernal) August 5, 2018
Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-step) won the 221km Clasica San Sebastian, attacking with Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) on the steep final climb before beating the Dutchman in a two-up sprint for the line.