Vader “must relearn everything” after the crash in the Basque Country
There is good news on the injury front as Jumbo-Visma pilot Milan Vader has been cleared to return home after three weeks in hospital. The 26-year-old suffered a constriction in his carotid artery, among other injuries, and says he “has to re-learn everything”, according to a post on his Instagram page.
Vader fell over the guardrail on the Itzulia Basque Country Stage 5 and tumbled down a grassy embankment. Among his injuries were a fractured vertebra, a broken collarbone and a broken scapula. However, the carotid artery constriction was the most severe and required immediate surgery to place a stent and ensure blood flow to his brain.
“The last three weeks have been very precarious for me and the people around me,” Vader wrote.
“The team and my family have always kept good contact and we are super happy with this process,” he wrote before taking stock of what happened.
“I crashed hard in [Itzulia] and I ended up in intensive care in Bilbao with fractures all over my upper body. Most critical at the time was that I also had vein related issues so my brain was time limited without oxygen,” Vader wrote.
“I was kept under anesthesia for two weeks to give my body time to recover as best it could. I can’t remember anything from the day I crashed until I woke up two weeks later. late, so I’ve been awake for a little over a week now.
“Basically, I had to relearn everything from scratch. Walking also took time. I’m very lucky to have walked away from it after this accident. In the meantime, I was transferred to the Erasmus hospital in Rotterdam where different specialists I looked at my fractures and it turns out that I am ready to leave the hospital tomorrow. [Saturday, 30 April] and work on my recovery at home.”
Vader thanked his supporters and credited the support of his family, friends, team and the Basque Country race doctor from Itzulia who was the first to assist him and recognize the seriousness of his situation.