Bouhanni suffers from strange fall in Turkey: ‘It’s a nightmare’

Nacer Bouhanni is suffering both physically and mentally after the bizarre drop in Monday’s Tour of Turkey. Sprinter Arkéa-Samsic unknowingly crashed into someone on the road on stage two on Monday, breaking his cervical spine.

“The image is in front of me, it’s a nightmare,” Bouhanni said on Instagram. “I’m still in shock at the sheer speed with which I hit the man. We were going about 55 kilometers per hour and there was no way out.”

A bystander tried to push the walker away as the peloton charged forward, but it was too late for Bouhanni. “I still don’t understand how that could have happened.”

It was determined that the first cervical vertebra of the 31-year-old Frenchman, who was taken to the hospital in Izmir immediately after the incident, was broken.

Bouhanni expects a long rehabilitation period

On Tuesday, Bouhanni flew to France to continue his recovery. “Psychologically it is very difficult for me. I feared the worst until I arrived at the hospital in Paris. I am very grateful to the surgeons.”

According to Sprinter, it is still unclear what the coming period will look like for him. “Fall, get up and come back. Those are three words I know a little bit about now,” he wrote.

“The recovery will take a long time and I don’t know what will happen yet. First of all, I hope I’m getting better and I want to thank everyone for the messages of support.”

Bouhanni has won three stages of the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España in the past. There have been no victories in major races for the French in recent years.

Source: NU