Student - 30 augustus 2011

De Beer seriously injured

Racing cyclist Pim de Beer is in hospital with serious injuries after falling on Sunday 28 August during the Mid-Netherlands race. He appears to be out of danger.

De Beer, a student of International Land and Water Management, left the road, hit a tree, and landed in a ditch. The accident happened in the Binnenveld near the village of Achterberg. Beers' condition was so critical that the trauma helicopter was called out. It brought the 24-year-old cyclist on the Jo Piels team to the University hospital in Utrecht. There were fears for his life.

On Monday his condition had improved somewhat. But the fall left De Beer with multiple injuries: a collapsed lung, a lung haemorrhage, concussion, and numerous broken bones - ribs, a shoulder blade, the side of a spinal vertebra - as well as widespread bruising. Yesterday he was still in intensive care because he was not yet out of danger. But he was not thought to have sustained any brain damage.

The exact cause of De Beer's fall is still unclear. But rain and slippery roads led to a number of falls in the course of the race, which starts and finishes in Utrecht.

De Beer has been combining his studies with cycling for some years now, and spends much of his time cycling, especially in the summer. He was due to start on the third year of his Bachelor's degree this September. De Beer has been cycling in the Jo Piels team since 2010. He was 19 th this year in the National championships in Ootmarsum.

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