August 30, 2015

MURCIA, Spain (AP) Spanish Vuelta organizers say Belgian rider Kris Boeckmans is in stable condition after undergoing surgery to treat injuries sustained in a serious crash on Saturday.

Organizers said Sunday that doctors will consider waking Boeckmans from an induced coma on Monday.

The 28-year-old rider needed surgery overnight after sustaining a concussion, facial trauma, three broken ribs and an injured lung.

The unexpected pileup in the peloton happened on a straightaway 50 kilometers (31 miles) before the finish of the 182.5-kilometer (113.4-mile) stage from Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia.

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