The Six Days of Amsterdam track event was postponed Tuesday after derny driver Cees Stam, 68, suffered a serious accident and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
On Wednesday, organizers provided this update on his condition: “Stam has displayed some positive signs overnight, but his condition overall remains critical. The organization remains in close contact with the family.”
The Twitter account for SixDayRacing.com, the official live stream for the Amsterdam Six Day, reported that Tuesday’s racing had been cancelled after a major crash.
In a statement on the event website, organizers said, “A number of other pacemakers and riders were involved in the accident [and suffered] minor injuries.”
Stam is an experienced derny driver and formerly a professional cyclist and four-time world champion on the track in motorpaced events.
Eurosport race commentator Carlton Kirby tweeted from the event, “Sadly tonight’s racing from Amsterdam has been abandoned due to the serious injury to one of the [derny] drivers.”
Among those participating at the event is Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra, (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), the winner of the Amsterdam Six-Day event in 2011. Terpstra’s teammate is Yoeri Havik.
Also participating are Lotto-Belisol riders Pim Ligthart and Jasper Buyst. Buyst won last year’s Six Days of Ghent and was the revelation of the six-day season.
Americans Guy East and Dan Holloway are racing in Amsterdam as well.
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