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
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.