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Tour de France cyclist fighting for his life after he and his pregnant wife were involved in a car accident


A Belgian cyclist is in life-threatening condition after he and his pregnant wife were involved in a car accident.

Nathan van Hooydonck, who finished 93rd in this year’s Tour de France, was driving in a town near Antwerp in Belgium when he became unwell while waiting at a junction and inadvertently accelerated into traffic.

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Van Hooydonck is in a critical condition after a car accident in BelgiumCredit: AFP
The Tour de France cyclist became unwell behind the wheel of his car and inadvertently accelerated into traffic

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The Tour de France cyclist became unwell behind the wheel of his car and inadvertently accelerated into trafficCredit: AFP

The 27-year-old was reportedly resuscitated on site and taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition.

His pregnant wife, who was sitting next to him in the car, escaped injury but was admitted to hospital for a check up.

Reports have suggested that Van Hooydonck is in a critical condition in hospital, however that is unconfirmed, according to his team, Jumbo-Visma.

A statement from the Dutch team said: “We can confirm that earlier today our rider Nathan van Hooydonck became unwell while driving his car, leading to his involvement in a traffic accident.

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“He was subsequently transported to hospital, where he is receiving good medical care. We cannot confirm rumours that his condition is critical.

“He is undergoing further medical examinations. Thank you all for your messages to Nathan and the team.”

Van Hooydonkck has been with Jumbo-Visma since 2021 and part of the team supporting Jonas Vingegaard at this year’s Tour de France.

Last week he rode in the Tour of Britain and had been due to represent Belgium in the upcoming European road championships.





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