Cyclist suffers collapsed lung and breaks ribs after crashing into a tree

Cycling's World Champion Julian Alaphilippe suffered two broken ribs, a broken scapula and a collapsed lung after crashing into a tree on Sunday.

Alaphilippe was one of the favourites for Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege, one of the biggest races on cycling's calendar. However, his chances were dashed when a mass pile-up occurred, causing Alaphilippe to hit a tree at 70kph, with 60km still to race.

The Frenchman's compatriot, Romain Bardet, was quick to help the World Champion despite racing for a different team than Alaphilippe. The 29-year-old was reported taken to hospital from the scene, where he was reported conscious in the ambulance.

Alaphilippe's teammate, Ilan Van Wilder, was also involved in the crash, and he broke his jaw in the incident.

While Olympic mountain bike gold-medalist Tom Pidcock, who was Britain's big hope for the win, was also involved in the pile-up. Pidcock was able to get back on his bike, but suffered for his efforts to get back to the front in the decisive stages of the race.

American Larry Warbasse wasn't so lucky, and he tweeted: "I got punched in the balls a few times growing up, but let me tell you, nothing compares to taking a bike to them at 70kph."

Alaphilippe's teammate Remco Evenepoel was the eventual winner of the monument when he left the others behind with 30km still to race.

Evenepoel, 22, who is cycling's resident wonderkid, only picked up a racing bike less than five years ago after seeing his dreams of being a professional footballer shattered.

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The Belgian had captained youth teams at both Anderlecht and PSV, as well as earning caps for the Belgian national side at U14 and U16 levels.

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