Tiesj Benoot's spring Classics campaign has been brought to a premature end after the Lotto Soudal rider broke his collarbone and sustained other injuries when he collided with a team car at Paris-Roubaix. Benoot, who finished 9th at the Tour of Flanders the previous weekend, was chasing back through the team cars after a mechanical on the cobblestone sector to Wallers, ahead of the Arenberg Forest. The mass of cars on the narrow sectors made it a treacherous chase and, after crashing once and remounting, Benoot hit the back of a Jumbo-Visma car, with the rear window shattering on impact. The Belgian rider knew instantly his race was over and was taken away by an ambulance in tears.ADVERTISEMENT "At a certain moment, the Jumbo-Visma car was sitting in front of me and suddenly closed everything off. I could not respond anymore and went straight into the it," Benoot said, according to Nieuwsblad. "The window shattered completely. A motorcyclist behind me also crashed because he tried to turn away from me and then fell into me. When I was on the floor, I was in great pain everywhere." Benoot was taken to hospital in Valenciennes, where scans revealed an avulsion fracture to his collarbone. Doctors also suspect a muscle tear around the pelvis or the upper leg, with further scans set to take place on Monday.
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