June 27, 2011 (Georgetown, ON) – Following their high on Saturday evening at the Elite/U23 Men’s road race SpiderTech p/b C10 was dealt some tough cards at Sunday’s Criterium in Georgetown. First Keven Lacombe crashed early in the race in one of the corners and suffered severe facial injuries losing three teeth and fracturing his jaw in three places.
“It’s a complex fracture and he’ll need major surgery to rebuild his jaw and cheekbone on both sides,” said Team Manager Josee Laroque. Tuft who crashed a bit later was luckier and only required a few stitches to seal up a cut on his chin.
Following a visit to the hospital in Georgetown where an X-ray determined his injuries weren’t life threatening, the team consulted with their doctor and transferred Lacombe to Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto where “… we were well taken care of,” said Larocque.
Lacombe was immediately put on pain killers and after additional X-rays and scans he returned home to Amos, QC on Monday where he’ll undergo 6-hr facial surgery by a local Maxillofacial surgeon there on Tuesday morning. By coincidence Lacombe’s fiancee is studying medicine, and did an internship in Amos with the same surgeon, so he’s in good hands.
Unfortunately he’ll be out for around 6 weeks as the recovery is a slow process. Initially Lacombe was thinking he’d be back on the bike much sooner saying it was only his mouth that was injured but his legs were ok.
We join the cycling community in wishing both Lacombe and Tuft a speedy recovery.