The Six Days of Amsterdam event which started with a bang on the 20th of October, 2014 (Monday) came to a very abrupt end on the second day (21st of October, 2014) because Cees Stam got seriously injured in a collision. He was taken to the nearby hospital for further treatment after receiving emergency treatment immediately after the accident.
Cees Stam is a sixty-eight year old, well-known derny driver who was also a world champion (four times) in motor paced track events and a Dutch professional cyclist previously.
SixDayRacing.com’s official Twitter page released a report that the racing on Tuesday (21st of October, 2014) had been halted because of a major accident.
A statement was released by the organizers of Six Days of Amsterdam on the official event website which said that numerous other riders and pacemakers also suffered the major crash but they were not injured very seriously.
Carlton Kirby (Eurosport commentator) also tweeted directly from the race venue that the racing has been stopped after a derny driver was injured seriously.
Jasper Buyst (one of the contestant in the event) said that Cees Stam was the only participant who got seriously injured because another derny ran over him.
Frank Boele (organizer of the event) announced that the cycling will be resumed from Wednesday morning (22nd October, 2014). According to Boele, such major crashes are very rare in track cycling events like Six Days of Amsterdam.
Boele even said that Stam and his family are famous in the world of cycling. Stam’s son Danny Stam had previously won the Six Days of Amsterdam in the year 2003. Therefore Stam’s injury has affected the organizers of the event deeply as well.
Some other participants of the Six Days of Amsterdam are: Niki Terpstra (champion of Paris-Roubaix), Terpstra’s partner Yoeri Havik, Pim Ligthart (rider for Lotto-Belisol) etc.