Kelderman: "I saw the car coming, but I couldn't even stop."

The Dutchman speaks on Cyclingnews about his accident in the preseason stage of the Bora in Italy and his goals: "I want to be at the top of the Tour."


Wilco Kelderman was run over along with other Bora teammates in a preseason training session for the team in Italy. The Dutchman spoke to Cyclingnews from his home to explain how the accident happened and how he is feeling, as he was diagnosed with a concussion and a fractured vertebra in his neck: “I remember everything perfectly. It was bullshit. We had been there for five hours and we wanted to do six. A small group of us left on a straight road. Suddenly, a large Mercedes SUV crossed. He did not stop, but entered our group. I saw it coming, but couldn't even stop. It scared me and it was so fast that in an instant I was on the ground. ”

In addition to 29-year-old Kelderman, podium in a big for the first time in his career with his third place in the 2020 Giro, Rüdiger Selig suffered another concussion and Andreas Schillinger, more broken vertebrae. The other four runners affected were Marcus Burghardt, Anton Palzer, Maximilian Schachmann, and Michael Schwarzmann, who returned to the hotel just hours later with some scratches, but no further injuries.

Regarding the 2021 season, the mishap does not disrupt Kelderman's plans, with special interest in the Tour: “I want to go to the Basque Country and the Ardennes as the first objectives of the campaign. Then I intend to tackle the Tour de France for the first time in 100% form and with 100% ambition. Although Lennard Kamna will also come with the idea of seeking a good position in the general classification and hunting stages, I will start as the leader for the final classification. I left the Sunweb for precisely that reason. I wanted to be part of the squad plan and fight for my personal goals, and that is what Bora offered and made me happy with the decision to leave my previous home and join them. ”

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