Lorenzo Suding Critically Injured in Car Accident

Jul 5, 2014
by Matt Wragg  
Italian media are reporting that Italian DH national champion Lorenzo Suding, who races World Cup DH for Team Norco, was criticially injured in a car accident in Italy Friday night (4 July). Details are few in the news reports, but it is reported that his Fiat Scudo van mounted the pavement, hit a planter and ended up on its side. Suding had to be cut from the vehicle and is described as having suffered "politrauma", which is an Italian phrase used to describe multiple injuries. There are not reported to be other passengers in the vehicle or other vehicles involved. Doctors are quoted as describing his condition as critical but stable, a phrase used to describe serious but not immediately life-threatening injuries, but will not release further details at this stage.

You can read the full report on ansa.it (in Italian).

 The course is much more all-round downhill. I m happy. With the really tricky rock gardens I guess now we finally have a challenge for everyone and a chance with proper downhill bikes. I m even thinking about taking off the dropper post

We'll bring you more details as we receive them. The thoughts of everyone here at Pinkbike are with Lorenzo, his family and friends at this most difficult of times.

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71 Comments

  • + 125
 The cruel irony in doing something as dangerous as downhill racing for a living... And then it's something as trivial as driving a car that brings your life in danger... All the best wishes and healing vibes to Suding and his family - you'll be back faster and stronger!
  • + 9
 I was thinking the exact thing. The Irony is so perplexing. I met him in MSA a couple years back. Great guy and he is such a fast and talented rider. Get well soon Lorenzo. www.pinkbike.com/photo/9510620
  • + 20
 awful. and despite dh being very dangerous...driving a motor vehicle is an incredibly, awfully unsafe activity. more people killed annually in car crashes than died in the World Trade Center. every. freaking. year.
  • + 3
 like 10 times as many.
  • + 24
 That's exactly what I say when people tell me that DH is so risky... Life is risky. Any of us could get hit by a milk truck on a given Tuesday, and what would we really have risked?

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Lorenzo... You're a monster, you got this!
  • + 18
 Similar story was the crocodile fella Steve Irwin use to wrestle with crocs and then got killed by a sting ray while just scuba diving life's risky just keep living until you die
  • + 12
 same goes to Schumacher
  • + 7
 that's it. from now on i'm gonna start wearing that body armor i never use whenever i drive.
  • + 0
 if I did that i'd drive faster!!!
  • + 2
 I live here in italy.no reports from local media. Speedy recovery
  • - 1
 That's correct because how many millions of people drive every day in the US?
  • + 1
 Yeah look at Michael schumacher , drove F1 for all those years and crashed skiing in France ..
  • + 0
 Just look at Schumacher. He's been living on the edge driving F1 cars and he is now cuadraplegic. Shit happens dude
  • + 20
 Hoping for a speedy recovery. Heal up Lorenzo
  • + 3
 Good vibes for Lorenzo and his family...
  • + 2
 Get better Lorenzo. I look forward to seeing you race every WC round.
  • + 11
 Lorenzo is a great guy that I had the pleasure of shooting with for a couple days this year... He is such an driven and optimistic guy and was incredibly motivated for good results this year... This is incredibly unfortunate and I'm wishing him and his family the best in this situation..
  • + 14
 Oh god. I sure hope he's alright. Healing vibes to Lorenzo.
  • + 5
 looked for the news in italian papers, critical but stable conditions. CAT scan didn't show any internal bleeding or worse. he was awake and also spoke with some friends. good news Smile
  • + 6
 Lorenzo, tantissimi auguri di una pronta guarigione e speriamo di rivederti presto sulle piste
  • + 4
 Get well sono Lorenzo and come back and amaze us with Your riding.
For the ones who want to know something about Lorenzo, whatch this:
m.pinkbike.com/video/367632 wuai
  • + 6
 Heal up soon champion ...
  • + 4
 I feel much safer off road than on road. I've only myself to consider when biking off road, not having to worry about bell-end sh1t drivers taking my suit of light.
  • + 2
 from Ecuador , get well soon Lorenzo, we know you since you was a Kid..... all the best for you and your family.
desde el Ecuador todos los que te conocemos desde niño te mandamos las buenas vibras y los mejores deseos en este momento , sabemos que estaras mejor pronto
  • + 4
 speriamo in bene...in bocca al lupo Lurens!!
  • + 2
 American over in Italy at the moment. Driving here is pretty wild. Wish him all the best in his revovery
  • + 1
 ^recovery
  • + 1
 Exactly Windsurf. I was there for two weeks a couple of years ago and was amazed at the craziness of drivers. Cars, construction vehicles all speeding through the city streets along with scooters buzzing in and out of traffic.
  • - 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 5, 2014 at 14:06) (Below Threshold)
 And what exactly are you implying with those comments?
  • + 3
 Not implying anything, just saying there is some crazy driving over there. .
  • + 3
 Story said no other drivers involved. We can speculate that he lost control while avoiding another car, animal, fell asleep, distracted by electronic device, food , etc.. But, its just better to say prayer, send good vibes, and wait for the facts.
  • + 1
 My comments were not directed at what caused this accident just the driving habits I have seen just as Windsurf commented. I wish Lorenzo a speedy recovery.
  • - 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Jul 6, 2014 at 12:29) (Below Threshold)
 Oh I got neg propped.. ahahaha... for what?! Insinuating that maye someone does not get it that in some geographical locations on earth there is quite dramatic terrain offering little space per nr of inhabitants who are particularly active and horny as opposed to... hence fast and skilled drivers in small cars on narrow curvy roads? hahahahah
  • + 3
 Waki, know when to stop.
  • + 2
 Get well soon!! met you at the bike show and you were one of the nicest guys there, so I hope all the best for you man!
  • + 2
 Here is Lorenzo Suding riding in Pila, Italy

www.pinkbike.com/video/367632
  • + 1
 I hope he gets well soon and ride again. Just a note Matt, politrauma is not an Italian phrase but a Greek word. The meaning is correct though.
  • + 1
 Could be Italian too, no? Anyway, sucks to read news like this, speedy recovery Lorenzo!
  • + 3
 Praying that God is with Lorenzo and guides the physicians hands.
  • + 2
 Saw him riding out in Pila last summer, def rapid, had a few top 10's in the world cups ride three
  • + 2
 Get well soon lorenzo healing vibes to you!
  • + 1
 Never heard of him but that definitely sucks. I wish him all the best and a quick recovery
  • + 2
 all the best! heal up soon!!
  • + 3
 Sending healing vibes x
  • + 2
 pray for insurance , healing!
  • + 2
 Heal up well, from an Italian family in America.
  • + 2
 Forza Lore!
  • + 1
 Get better. No more sexting while driving...
  • + 1
 Healing vibes and speedy recovery!
  • + 1
 Ciò che non uccide ti renderà più forte
  • + 1
 Get well soon, our thoughts are with you.
  • + 1
 heal up fast bud and healing vibes yer way....
  • + 1
 All my love and positive energy is for your fast recovery.
  • + 1
 all the best and a hopefully fast recovery
  • + 1
 I hope he heals up and is able to race again.
  • + 1
 C'mon man, get well soon...forza fratello!
  • + 1
 Recuperate pronto!
  • + 1
 Get well soon!
  • + 1
 stay strong dude!!!
  • + 1
 Healing vibes Lorenzo!
  • + 1
 Get well soon!!
  • + 1
 Get better man.
  • + 1
 Speedy recovery dude.
  • + 1
 Get better man
  • + 1
 Get better man
  • + 1
 heal up soon best vibes
  • + 1
 Get well soon!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Heal up Lorenzo!
  • + 1
 Heal up fast. Salute
  • + 1
 Get well soon!
  • + 1
 get well soon man !!

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