Thibaut Daprela Breaks Scaphoid at Loudenvielle DH World Cup 2023

Sep 6, 2023 at 2:16
by Ed Spratt  
Thibaut Daprela s splits were good enough for third until a crash lower in the track.

Thibaut Daprela has shared on social media that his season is over after breaking his scaphoid in Loudenvielle.

Following a huge crash in finals that saw Thibaut's bike flying off the track it has been found that the incident broke his scaphoid and will most likely see him out of action for the rest of the season. With Thibaut taking time off from racing to heal and recover the Commencal Muc Off team is now just down to a single rider as Hugo Marini takes on the Junior Men's racing.


bigquotesUnlucky 13

I’m really sad to say that I broke my scaphoid in the crash in Loudenvielle. This one hurts on a lot of levels!
Looks like season over
Thibaut Daprela


bigquotesThe good news is that Titi eventually found his bike after this crash, the bad news is that doctors found a broken scaphoid.

A tough season for the team just got even harder. We are absolutely gutted to see Thibaut out of action, especially after a season of such growth.

For now, we’re sending healing vibes to Titi and rallying the troops behind Hugues to make the best of a difficult situation.
Commencal MucOff

GoPro have shared the POV run for Thibaut Daprela leading up to his finals run crash.

We wish Thibaut all the best with his recovery and hope he is back up to full speed soon.

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107 Comments
  • 74 1
 Oh no, but has his bike been found yet?
  • 41 0
 As legend has it, it's still tumbling through the pyrenean woods.
  • 19 1
 kinda funny to watch him walk in a circle wondering where the heck did his bike go...
  • 26 0
 @ericls: and how ruthless the guy in the woods was pulling it out.
  • 1 0
 Ahh balls!
  • 5 0
 Man that's a real Titi-twister.
  • 7 0
 Did he also snap his handlebar (beyond the left brake lever) or is there something wrong with picture up top?
  • 2 0
 @vinay: if you look closely at the other pictures, he holds the left brake lever instead of the bar, so I think you are 100% right. Good observation!
  • 1 0
 @Offrhodes: WE HAVE TO GET THE BIKE OUT FOR OUR COUNTRY MAN, VIVE LA FRANCE!!!!
  • 68 8
 Him and Amaury are the most exciting riders to watch, but obviously their style and speed is leading to too many (serious) injuries.
  • 34 57
flag scott-townes (Sep 6, 2023 at 3:24) (Below Threshold)
 "Too many" lol. All the top racers experience injury at some point because its dangerous to be this consistently fast, especially in MTBing which is already an inherently dangerous sport. That's what it takes to win. They're a different breed.
  • 24 11
 @scott-townes: there’s a difference between them and the other guy’s consistently inside the top 10, who are all going just as fast but are in complete control the whole way down.
  • 40 0
 Ride like lightning, crash like thunder
  • 39 0
 Pierron seems to be on the ragged edge most of the time, with Daprela over it more often than not. Both absolute bosses. Love to watch both but yeah, the injuries are mounting up. That kind of commitment is what it takes to beat Bruni. Pierron is faster than Bruni, but one of them has learned to ride within himself and the other must also learn it.
  • 33 2
 Having said that, I think it was Mick Doohan who said "You can teach a fast guy not to crash, but you can't teach a slow guy how to be fast"
  • 21 3
 Another nugget of gold from @scott-townes lol
  • 16 0
 @jaame: what about a slow guy who crashes?
  • 14 7
 @scott-townes: d bag townes strikes again...
  • 13 21
flag MT36 (Sep 6, 2023 at 7:11) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: Sorry you got downvoted for speaking the truth. This place has a hard time with accuracy. Anyone who studies Thibault and Amaury can see how hard they are pushing the limits of traction and control; for me this is what makes them so exciting to watch. They truly are on a whole 'nother level of commitment and aggression. It is no surprise they get season ending injuries. People who think that pro DH racers can go through a whole career without a season ending injury live in some fantasy land. This is a dangerous sport and sometimes you have to pay to play.
  • 2 0
 I feel like Vidal belongs in this too. Dude’s riding is explosive in more ways than one.
  • 3 0
 @TommyNunchuck: when in doubt go flat out
  • 6 26
flag scott-townes (Sep 6, 2023 at 8:17) (Below Threshold)
 @MT36: I don't care what a bunch of clueless fanboys think. They also believe DH races should be cancelled on account of inclement weather and the courses are "too dangerous" LOL

There's no such thing as a world cup winner who has never suffered an injury.
  • 11 0
 Doesn't matter if you're mild or wild, the hooks are always waiting to claim yet another rider.....it's not 'if' but 'when'. Aaron Gwin broke his arm early in the season, and he's one of the most methodical and smooth riders in the series.....
  • 1 0
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  • 6 1
 @TheSlayer99: This comment is not directed at you because I think a lot of posters think this, but the notion that the other riders in the top 10 besides Thibault and Amaury are "in complete control the whole way down" is absolute nonsense.
  • 5 2
 @scott-townes:That is why a vast majority the riders want slower tech trails, that are less risky but will determine the most skilled rider to win and not just the craziest rider.
  • 7 2
 @TheSlayer99: lol, Amaury pushed the limits of the sport, similar to Gwin. There are only a small number of riders who push the sport. It’s much easier to push your limits when others show you what is possible.

“Who are all going just as fast and in complete control the whole way down”…do you even watch the races?
  • 4 2
 @nvranka: I don't think many of these fanboys actually watch the races. They could show some humility and respect for the athletes by forming reasonable and informed opinions but I appreciate this is the internet and that's apparently a lot to ask.
  • 3 0
 Amaury crashed at a slow pace on a scouting lap.
  • 3 2
 Idk, Amaury and Thibault are definitely on the wild side of riders but I wouldn't say there is a fundamental difference between them and the rest of the top 20 or so. Even the most calculated riders like Loic and Camille at least semi-often miss races due to injury, and we see crashes that could've easily gone real bad every single race
  • 6 0
 @scott-townes: The law of Townes: Where there is a comment about injury's on pinkbike there will be a comment from Scott Townes saying it's inherently a dangerous sport.
  • 2 4
 @on-the-move: The law of clueless PB fanboys: When there's an injury, proclaim DH has become too dangerous for whatever dumb reason they come up with for that day.
  • 2 2
 @MT36: a lot of posters think that because it’s true. When’s the last time you’ve seen Troy Brosnan, Loic Bruni, Greg Minnaar, Finn Iles Loris Vergier or Laurie Greenland finish on the podium on a wild run? There’s a reason why Finn and Loic are 1 and 2 in the overall right now and it’s certainly not because they are riding on the limits of control every weekend.
  • 2 4
 @TheSlayer99: Yeah, it doesn't matter how you feel or how many feel the same way as you because you're still wrong. You want to know how I know this? I listen to the ones actually doing the racing.
  • 5 0
 @scott-townes: Don't really want to revisit this comment, but just google any top 5 rider and "injury", surely you can understand that some riders get injured more than others. Daprela has been injured every season of the last 4, knee damage, broken nose and half bitten off tongue, broken leg and now broken scaphoid. Amaury is arguably worse because his injuries put him out of action for a long time, organ damage, huge concussions, broken vertebra, all in the last 5 years, bearing in mind his breakout year came after a big injury when he wasn't a podium contender.

Of course other top riders get injured, but for Bruni it is something like 2 collarbones and shoulder over 10 years, Loris similarly has had some injuries, especially recently, but not season enders every year.
  • 3 7
flag scott-townes (Sep 7, 2023 at 4:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Mugen: Thanks for proving my point that regardless of the rider, all the top guys experience injuries. Its always been part of the game.
  • 2 3
 @scott-townes: pb has turned into fb. All the joeys chasing the upvotes
  • 4 0
 @pargolf8: PB comments generally were a lot better ten years ago. The quality of commentary has taken a nose dive the past couple of years.
That bloke that set the website up cashed in and got out because he could see the way it was going.
I was looking at the comments a while back, I can't remember the article, but there were about 100 comments in a line saying "nice".
While amusing, it illustrates a point that the site is now surfed by a higher proportion of people with a lower IQ than previously.
  • 2 1
 @TheSlayer99: A lot of posters think that because they have never raced DH, coached DH, spent any appreciable time with elite athletes, or competed at an international elite level. I don't fault people for that, but I do take issue with all the opinions here that get passed off as fact because enough PBers with an intermediate level of riding skill share the same opinion. But truly, people here need to show some humility and respect for these athletes and the sport in general by informing themselves about what DH is actually like. A rider could be having a "wild run," at the absolute edge of their capacity and then some, and you won't be able to tell because they look composed.
  • 3 0
 @scott-townes: I don’t think we really need a Waki replacement.
  • 2 0
 @nastynate711: The Wak was brilliant; Bring back the WAK! Regardless of what your feelings are it's important to have other perspective, opinions and ideas., otherwise we are the Borg and resistance is futile.
To think otherwise is egotistical and stalemate, Nastynate. Wink

Subdivisions- RUSH
  • 21 0
 I would have expected a back or shoulder injury from carrying the team all season.
  • 17 0
 Commencal should pick up a few privateers for les gets.
  • 34 0
 They have, they’ve picked up dylan maples for the rest of the season
  • 6 0
 @dylanpoulsen: Kinda surprising there's no mention of that considering it's the story under this one on the home page.
  • 13 2
 Dammit. Gnarly crash, but it could have been much worse, especially if (as Ben Cathro pointed out) the juniors had raced on that surface.
This season is descending into a last-man/woman standing.
Get well soon champ
  • 14 1
 Absolutely gutted for him, his runs are easily the best to watch! The injury list is really starting to rise too!
  • 12 2
 Goodness me - only his scaphoid!! I wish it actually was nothing broken at all but it’s incredible that T came out with only that after such a vicious over-the-front ejection….testament to great muscle tone and bulk….
  • 21 1
 Scaphoid sucks to break, actually. High rate of non-union if it’s at all displaced and needs surgical repair from the get go depending on where the break is.
Also, no thumb use until it’s healed. For a tiny bone it’s a real bugger.
  • 2 0
 @vectorforces: broke mine in 2020. Had to get surgery to fix and took a while to be back up to shape. Absolutely sucks for him.
  • 7 0
 It's actually a horrible bone to break. I fractured both of them in both wrists and they take 6 months to year to fully heal. I refractured both several times because after the 7 weeks in a cast, it felt fine. They weren't healed and even doing common push-ups, one fractured. Ended the career of Ricky Johnson and a few other motocross guys and some top BMX freestyle guys. Literally did ride a bike, do sports or work out for a year for them heal. It's a long, boring road
  • 1 0
 Indeed a difficult one to resolve and rehabilitate - weird floaty bone.

‘…Non union can also occur from undiagnosed or undertreated scaphoid fractures. Arterial flow to the scaphoid enters via the distal pole and travels to the proximal pole. This blood supply is tenuous, increasing the risk of nonunion, particularly with fractures at the wrist and proximal end….’
  • 2 0
 @oldschool43: currently dealing with a non-union even after 2 surgeries from breaking it in August of last year. At this point I'm looking at a partial fusion. Range of motion and strength are severely limited. I just started riding again last month. f*ck that bone.
  • 2 0
 @vectorforces: Agree. I broke mine 20 years ago in a BMX National and it still gets sore occasionally
  • 2 0
 My brother was on the uci worlds team for observed trials and a broken scaphoid ended his riding career. Multiple surgeries were needed and it took forever to heal.
  • 1 0
 I broke mine when I was 16 ish. They put my wrist in a cast for around 6 weeks and then removed it. Still gives me issues now but it is bearable, similar pain to having a piece of glass embedded in you body. Hope he gets well soon
  • 4 0
 Agreed with everyone else, scaphoid may be the worst bone in your body to break.
  • 2 0
 @dd9433: here I was thinking I had bad circulation or bones (or both) because mine took two surgeries to kind of get in better shape. Turns out scaphoids just suck!
  • 5 0
 Surprised that's all that happened in that crash. I was worried about his neck. Speaking about that, what happened to all of those neck things people were wearing 10 years ago?
  • 2 3
 They break collarbones quicker than you break your neck. Plus dh requires every bit of range of motion you can get and and those give you points of input that are undesired in a run. My non-medical opinion, of course. But I do have a big-ass surgical scar.
  • 4 0
 I think it was Laurie Greenland that talked about those and said they were a good option when bikes were shorter with a more upright riding position but as the bikes grew in length rider position changed and they became less practical. Feels like you see less racers wearing them now.
  • 1 0
 @Superburner: Makes sense in terms of riding position considering we adopted that style of neck brace from moto and they definitely ride more upright on those bikes. Helmets have gotten lighter as well(IDK if lighter helmets translates to less neck injuries or less severe ones). Now days more people are rocking chest/back/spine protectors and ankle braces.
  • 7 0
 Why to cut the video there...? Now was comming the best part..
  • 2 0
 You mean his POV of scrambling looking for his bike? Lol.
  • 4 0
 Is it me or the left handle is missing ? is that a carbon product failure again ?
Thibault is an ALU man 100 %.
Sorry for the rest of the season, those runs of yours are full charge. A fond les gamelles.
  • 4 0
 The slipping hand is on the right side... but the broken bar side in on the left. It broke when the bike flew away.... So for once, carbon can't be incriminated in that incident. For once.
  • 6 0
 Kinda lazy reporting not defining the scaphoid as a small bone in your wrist. Most of us had to look it up.
  • 2 0
 This sport is super fun but not very sustainable when pushing your own boundaries on speed and send. Did not want that to be true but unfortunately it is. Fine before responsibilities set in but not so much after.
  • 1 0
 Broken scaphoid in each wrist.

Right, 1st one on a mx bike. Consultation said I had enough muscle and scar tissue around it that it would like do more harm than good pulling the wrist apart to fix it. Bone was in 3 pieces.

Left, mtb crash didn’t even bother going to hospital with it after the last one. Few years later getting xrayed for something else they asked did I know it had been broken the scaphoid at some time in the past and we’re a bit surprised when I said yes.

Both were at least 10 years ago. Right one sometimes aches in the cold.

Right one
  • 5 3
 Titti seems like an odd nickname until you realise its in French. Once translated into English it becomes 'the big nipple' which I think we can all agree is perfectly normal.
  • 1 1
 Ha ha ha!
  • 2 0
 Hehehe he found his bike eventually! Best comment ever. Had once a bike disappear like that on a trail,I was very concern too.
  • 4 0
 Ummm is it just me or dose anyone else not know what a Scaphoid is!!
  • 1 0
 From the web - The scaphoid bone is one of the carpal bones on the thumb side of the wrist, just above the radius. The bone is important for both motion and stability of the wrist joint.

Unfortunately I know all too well what it is after an OTB to hand plant, similar to Thibaut (albeit far slower) left me visiting the hand specialist for observation. NHS were very hot on it, concerned it could be broken and worried about it not fusing, leading to possible bone necrosis! A small bone but an important one. I got "lucky" and 3 rounds of x-ray and consultant checks confirmed it was 'just' bruising and ligaments that still took over 6 months to heal.
  • 2 0
 @diggery: it's funny you bring this up
Similarly, about 9 months post scaphoid fracture, mine showed the dreaded signs of necrosis. After consulting with two ortho, the course of action was...nothing. It dies. Body decomposes and removes it. Maybe you have some increased risk of OA, but keep your wrist strong and it's probably fine. Idk, it's been 4 years since and no issues
  • 2 0
 Dylan Maples needs a full ride, He would a great fill in rider for the team!
  • 2 0
 Check the home page! Looks like they actually are taking him at least for Les Gets
  • 4 0
 Dude, where's my bike?
  • 1 0
 What does mine say?
  • 3 0
 Sucks he did get hurt but holy crap that crash could have been really bad.
  • 1 0
 That sucks! I love his riding style. Part of that style is being on the ragged edge. Hopefully he will lean how to rein it in just a tad.
  • 1 0
 As a german tongue I have the feeling, that with reading all the pinkbike injury reports, I will know every english word for every single bone after only one race season.
  • 2 0
 Scaphoid is healing badly, damned. All the best to him!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, friend went for screws to make it faster
  • 1 0
 Damn that sucks, my scaphoid took 9 weeks to heal as a teenager. Hope he can get on the bike sooner!
  • 1 0
 The broken scaphoid is the damn worst. Hurts forever, took mine like a year to heal.
  • 2 0
 Heal fast Daprella! Most existing racer in the world
  • 2 3
 shame on the organizer's and track side medics for letting himcontinue with a broken handlebar and possibilities' of concussion or other injuries. and what ever brand of bars he uses they fail hard and snapp right off.
  • 1 0
 That's a tough and unfortunate crash. Hard to prevent that one (hand coming off of bar).
  • 1 0
 every day i learn of another bone that can be broken
  • 2 1
 Titti?
  • 3 0
 He is a titillating rider
  • 2 0
 @jton it's téton
  • 2 0
 Careful with that nipple, T/hibau/t
  • 1 0
 @n734535: a titilating talent
  • 1 0
 bike magic disappearance
  • 1 0
 Merde! So sorry kid.
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