Rider down: Matti Lehikoinen
Big healing vibes out to Matti Lehikoinen who crashed heavily at the Nordic Champs in Sweden at the weekend.
Poor Matti has had more than his fair share of injuries over the years, we really hope he makes a speedy and full recovery from this one.
Here's the official word:
It’s with great sadness to let you know that Team ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof rider Matti Lehikoinen was involved in a serious crash while racing at the Nordic Downhill Championships in Kungsberget-Sweden over the weekend.
Full details of the incident are as yet unclear, but the crash happened during the finals of the event in which local rider Robin Wallner and Matti were battling it out for the win. Robin wrote on his blog: “As I was about to exit the woods I saw Matti on the ground next to the track."
We’re glad to say that although Matti has undergone two brain scans already, doctors have confirmed that no brain damage has been done and he’s currently in a stable condition in hospital. We spoke to Matti’s partner, Anna, who told us, “Matti’s jaw, cheekbone, teeth and nose are pretty badly damaged, and he will have surgery on Wednesday."
We will keep you informed as to the latest on Matti’s condition. Everyone at CRC, the team and sponsors which him a fast recovery. Post your messages of support on the Team Facebook page now.