The news initially worried the lovers of the little queen, who were then reassured.
The vital prognosis of Joop Zoetemelk, winner of the Tour de France in 1980, is not engaged, after the accident of which he was the victim Sunday morning on a departmental road of Seine-et-Marne (the D 147), not far de Germigny-l'Evêque where he has lived for nearly forty years.
The Dutch champion was run over by a motorist while on a bike trip.
Immediately transferred by helicopter to Henri-Mondor hospital in Créteil (Val-de-Marne) when he suffered from several fractures, he underwent successful surgery.
Dany, his second wife, gives us reassuring news.
How is your husband ?
I reassure all those who are wondering: Joop has always been aware.
He never lost it, moreover.
The other good news, in its misfortune, is that there is no organic damage.
Just broken bones.
Has he already been operated?
Yes, for the first time yesterday
(Editor's note: Sunday)
, after a complete assessment.
He has a fracture on each arm, and another on his right tibia.
It is on this side that he is most affected.
He returned this Monday at the beginning of the afternoon to the OR, to finish repairing the breakage.
Have you seen him since his first operation?
No, I was not allowed.
The same goes for her son, who went to the hospital on Monday morning.
I was given to understand that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to have a visit until he returns home in about two weeks.
It will be very long ...
How did the accident go?
I don't have a lot of information, given that an investigation by the Lizy-sur-Ourcq gendarmerie is underway.
I just know he was hit by a car.
After the shock, I was alerted by a person who was there.
I arrived very quickly, completely panicked.
Joop saw me in all my states and very quickly reassured me.
While I was picking up the pieces of his bike lying around, everyone was telling me: “You know, your husband is tough!
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Are you talking about rescue?
Yes, among others.
I would also like to express my thanks to the firefighters of Lizy and the Smur of Meaux, who took care of it very quickly and very well.
The helicopter, which took him to Créteil, wasted no time either.
Does he often go cycling?
Every day, only when the weather is good.
When it rains, he leaves his bicycle at home.
Joop always drives alone to cover his 50 km.
He knows the local roads by heart and never takes the slightest risk.
Accidents are always stupid when they happen.