Via Metro:

The 17-year-old was rushed to hospital and required surgery to have the giant piece of wood removed after it cut his thigh, pierced his side and tore through his lung.

The half-a-metre long piece of wood was raised after a pedal had hit the track following a collision between riders.

Gobbo required a three-hour operation at the Jan Palfijn hospital in Ghent and will remain there for the next few days.

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