Gijs Leemreize lost the tip of one of his fingers on Tuesday in a crash in the Tour of Burgos. The talented rider of Jumbo-Visma has now been successfully operated in Spain.
Leemreize was one of the biggest victims of a crash about 60 kilometers before the finish. It soon turned out that the twenty-year-old Dutchman had to leave the race. It was rumored that he would have lost a finger, but it turns out to be the tip.
Immediately after the crash, Leemreize was taken to a nearby hospital, where a plastic surgeon operated on his fingertip. Jumbo-Visma announced on Tuesday evening that the operation was successful.
The Tour of Burgos was one of his first professional races for Leemreize. He already participated in the Tour de la Provence in February this year and finished 33rd in the general classification. Last week it was announced that the cycling talent will make the switch from the U23 team to the WorldTour team of Jumbo-Visma this season.
Leemreize therefore started his first game in Burgos with a professional contract in his possession. The multi-day cycling race, which is not part of the WorldTour, started on Tuesday with a hill stage and lasts until Saturday.
The victory in the first stage went to the Austrian Felix Grossschartner from BORA-hansgrohe, who crossed the finish line solo in Burgos.