Nathan van Hooydonck is a Belgian cyclist who rides for the Jumbo-Visma team. He was part of the team that supported Jonas Vingegaard to win this year’s Tour de France. He also participated in the Tour of Britain last week and was selected to represent Belgium at the European road championships.
On Tuesday, September 12, 2023, Van Hooydonck was involved in a serious car accident in Kalmthout, near Antwerp. He was driving with his pregnant wife when he became unwell and lost control of his vehicle. He collided with other cars at an intersection. His wife was not injured, but he was severely injured and had to be resuscitated on the scene. He was taken to the hospital in a critical condition.
His team confirmed his involvement in the accident and said that he was receiving good medical care. They did not confirm the rumours that his condition was critical, but said that he was undergoing further medical examinations. Later, they posted an update to say that he was awake in the hospital and was not seriously injured. They also thanked everyone for their messages and the medical staff for taking care of him and his family.
The cycling community expressed their shock and concern for Van Hooydonck’s health and wished him a speedy recovery. His teammate Wout van Aert tweeted: “All my thoughts are with Nathan and his family. Stay strong buddy!”. His former teammate Greg Van Avermaet said: “I hope he will be OK soon. He is a great guy and a great rider.”. His rival Julian Alaphilippe said: “I’m very sad to hear this news. I hope he will recover quickly and come back stronger.”.
Nathan van Hooydonck is a talented and promising cyclist who has shown his skills and potential in many races. He is also a loving husband and a soon-to-be father. We hope that he will overcome this difficult situation and return to the sport that he loves.