Lotto Soudal optimistic on Gerben Thijssen recovery after horror crash

Gerben Thijssen (centre) sustained three small brain haemorrhages when he crashed at the Ghent Six Day, also breaking his collarbone and three ribs. Luc Claessen/Getty Images

Lotto Soudal are optimistic that rider Gerben Thijssen will recover from a horrific crash at the Ghent Six Day that saw him suffer three small brain haemorrhages.

The 21-year-old Belgian also broke his collarbone and three ribs when he crashed on the final lap of the supersprint after contact with Danish rider Oliver Wulff Frederiksen, 19.

Lotto Soudal said Thijssen was in stable condition in intensive care at the UZ Hospital in Ghent.

"Fortunately there is some slight optimism," the team said on Twitter.

"Less than 18 hours after his terrible crash, Gerben was able to have a small conversation with his family."

In August, Lotto Soudal cyclist Bjorg Lambrecht of Belgium died after crashing in the Tour of Poland. He was 22.