Timo Roosen won the second stage in the Tour of Burgos on Wednesday in a very remarkable way. After David Dekker’s heavy fall in the final kilometer, his Jumbo-Visma teammates had free rein.
While his teammates wanted to put on the sprint for him, Dekker bounced hard over a bump in the road. Erik Dekker’s 24-year-old son crashed and took many riders with him in his fall.
Three of Jumbo-Visma managed to avoid the fall, because they drove ahead of him. The Dutchman Roosen came over the line cheering, followed by his teammates Edoardo Affini (second) and Chris Harper (third).
His fourth professional victory caused Roosen to have mixed feelings. “I didn’t see the crash at all,” said the former Dutch champion on the road. “Of course this is not the way you want to win. Hopefully everyone is okay.”
“I went full on. No one got over and then I crossed the line cheering. Of course that didn’t look neat, but I didn’t know what happened behind me. With the knowledge of now, we were never cheering about the streak.”
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‘Nothing broken except my morals’
Most of the victims of the fall appeared to escape with relatively minor injuries. Classification riders Wilco Kelderman and Jai Hindley of BORA-hansgrohe only have a few scrapes, according to their team. Jannik Steimle was less fortunate. The German from Quick-Step – Alpha Vinyl broke his collarbone.
At Dekker himself, the damage was not too bad. “I’m still trying to figure out what exactly happened,” he tweeted. “I have many wounds, but nothing seems broken. Except for my morals.”
The leader’s jersey in the Tour of Burgos remains on the shoulders of Colombian Santiago Buitrago. The stage race will last until Saturday.