Nathan van Hooydonck awake after the accident

Nathan van Hooydonck awake after the accident

Published 2023-09-12 16:01

Nathan Van Hooydonck, 27, was reported to be fighting for his life.

Now the Belgian has woken up after the car accident.

“His state of health is not critical”writes his team Jumbo-Visma.

The site Sporza and other Belgian media wrote on Tuesday that Nathan Van Hooydonck’s condition was critical after an accident in Antwerp.

The police suspected that the professional cyclist suffered a heart attack behind the wheel, which caused the gas pedal to be depressed.

It reportedly led to a collision between five cars before the unconscious Van Hooydonck was revived by the police.

Pregnant wife involved

He was rushed to Antwerp University Hospital along with his heavily pregnant wife who was in the passenger seat during the accident.

– The driver was revived and taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition. His pregnant wife, who was sitting next to him, was not injured but was also taken to hospital for a check-up, a police spokesperson said The newspapaer.

None of the other drivers suffered more than minor injuries.

Nathan Van Hooydonck.

Reassuring message

Nathan van Hooydonck is 27 years old and rides for one of the world’s biggest teams, Jumbo-Visma.

On Tuesday evening, the team came up with good news.

“He is awake and has no injuries after the traffic accident. His health condition is not critical. Further medical examinations will determine why Nathan began to feel unwell while driving.”writes Jumbo-Visma in one statement.

Close friend Jonas Vingegaard won the 16th stage of the Vuelta a España shortly after the accident.

– I wanted to win for the sake of my best friend, says the Dane Eurosport.

Several big tours

Van Hooydonck has been in two of the three grand tours.

He has finished 82nd and 114th in the Vuelta a España and this summer he was 93rd in the Tour de France.

Next week he would have gone to the European Championships in the Netherlands.

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