Trek-Segafredo captain Koen de Kort has three fingers amputated after an off-road accident
Koen de Kort, the 38-year-old Dutchman who is considered an honorary Aussie after spending many summers in Melbourne, has been involved in a terrible off-road accident resulting in the amputation of his third, fourth, and fifth finger.
A statement released by his team Trek-Segafredo explained how the severity of the accident meant immediate surgical intervention was required.
“Our expert road captain has been a resident of Andorra for some years and unfortunately was involved in an accident in the Pyreenes area and suffered serious damage to his right hand. The gravity of his injury required an emergency transfer by helicopter to hospital Parc Tauli in Sabadell, in the province of Barcelona.
After assessing the severity of the situation, the decision was made for immediate surgical intervention. In spite of the doctors’ effort in a procedure that lasted over three hours, it was necessary to amputate three fingers.”
De Kort has raced in 18 Grand Tours since his career as a pro cyclist began in 2002 and has raced in the Santos Tour Down Under 10 times, with his most recent appearance in 2020.
According to the Trek-Segafredo statement, the team’s physician Rodríguez Alonso has been in contact with De Kort and says he is “in good condition physically and mentally.”
Our thoughts are with him, his family and the Trek-Segafredo team during this time.