When Cannondale-Drapac rider Toms Skujin crashed in the Tour of California, visibly concussed, his managers watched events unfold like everyone else—with concern & confusion. Communication Director Matthew Beaudin shares how the team reacted in real time. – By Matthew Beaudin
Editor’s note: On Stage 2 of the 2017 Tour of California, audiences watched confused as Cannondale-Drapac Toms Skujins – visibly concussed during a crash – was allowed to continue riding. According to Communication Director Matthew Beaudin, Skujins is now in the team’s internal concussion protocol, where he will be monitored closely and in contact with medical staff daily; Skujins had surgery to repair his collarbone on Wednesday, and will need to pass cognitive testing before returning to training or racing.
Here, Beaudin shares how events unfolded within the team as Skujins’ managers attempted to pull him from the race.
I watched on my phone as Toms Skujins put his hands out, trying to steady himself against the cement waves of a concussion he had no idea were hitting him. I saw him try to cross the street, try to get back on his bike, try to ride, try to not hit the curb. Kid just kept trying.
It was one of those moments in which you just keep saying “no” aloud.