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“Fortunately, we came out without serious injury. It’s my whole torso that has received the force of the impact,” said Hugo Barrette.
Hugo Barrette would like to see the international cycling Union should reconsider its new regulations adopted this season for the warm-up period at a competition. And for good reason. It almost cost him his life last Wednesday at the world Championships in Pruszkow, Poland.
The Madelinot 27-year-old was warming up at the track when he saw appear without warning in front of him, at the exit of the fourth turn, the German Lea Sophie Friedrich. The force of the impact was such that the two bikes are broken in two.
“Fortunately, we came out without serious injury. It’s my whole torso that has received the force of the impact, he mentioned in a telephone interview with The canadian Press. I even lost my breath for thirty seconds. It was pretty scary. “
Rather than take four hours, as was previously the case, the warm-up period has been reduced to two hours : the first hour is for all riders, while the second is reserved for those who performed during the competition.
“For an hour, there may be up to 100 people on the track — there are accidents, it revole to any edge, any side, it shouts — and during the following hour, there are more than three or four people on the track,” he recounted, visibly frustrated.
Module is suggested, therefore, return to the previous system, when the national federations were divided between the three or four hours of warm-up regulatory.
“We have the time. The races start at 14 h. instead of opening the track at noon, one could open at 9 a.m. in the morning. Like that, if all countries arrive at the same time, then they will disperse it naturally. Currently, it is necessary to warm up, it is necessary to test the track as soon as possible. Then, you have 60 to 65 people who exercise in the sprint, the keirin, in the pursuit, at different speeds, to different places on the track. It is the chaos.
“All countries have expressed their frustrations ; it borders on the ridiculous. How the UCI can leave 60 to 65 riders will be on track, so that during a race prohibited by the regulations to let more than 28 ? I have no idea [why they adopted it]. I think it is a matter of logistics : they do not want to arise earlier in the track. “
“I’ve been really lucky “
This accident was much different from the one that had also nearly cost her life in Cali in 2015, while he had lost himself the master of his bike before crossing a security barrier and go crashing into the stands, on the concrete. He had lost consciousness under the force of the impact, but — once again — his injuries had been less serious than had been apprehended.
This time, the Strip was left for several good lesions and bruises — but, miraculously, no fracture or concussion. The situation, however, would have been able to be much more serious.
Kristina Vogel has been in an accident similar to his, on June 26, 2018. The German, the best sprinter in the world, has lost the use of his two legs when she collided at full speed with a cyclist Danish that he was testing his departure. Because of the force of the impact, Vogel has suffered several fractures and a fracture of the spinal cord, leaving her paralyzed.
“I was lucky in my bad luck. Because I wasn’t responsible for the impact. It would have been enough of a millimeter more to the left or to the right, and I would have recovered as Vogel, he indicated. Finally, I have no ill effects, and I know that I will be able to resume training shortly.
“At the time, I thought that I had broken the knee, but ultimately, it is my quadriceps, which became dark blue, which completely barred, he added. That being said, once the inflammation [in the quad] is a part of the knee followed. I’ve been really lucky. “
Even if he had to be satisfied with a 15th place in the speed event and 20th in the keirin at the World championships in Pruszkow, Barrette did, in fact, not too much with the future. It will now take two weeks of rest to heal his wounds, before hopping back on his bike.
“If the process of olympic qualification ended today, I would be qualified [for Tokyo 2020]. At this moment, it is enough to introduce me to the races and avoid injury. If all goes well at the level of health, it should go well. […] After the pan american Games in Lima this summer, I will arrange to lighten my schedule. Mostly I train on my [national training Centre] in Milton, Ontario, to take part in a camp in Florida and also maybe another in Pennsylvania. “