American cyclist Chloe Dygert has surgery following crash at road worlds

Tanya Simon
September 26, 2020

Dygert, a former 10-time world champ herself, went flying over a roadside rails during a sharp corner resulting in her being rushed to hospital in a stretcher.

Preferred to defend her title at Trial of Time, Degert led her about half a minute at the intermediate checkpoint before losing control of the landing and crashing a roadside barricade. Degert wrote in her post.

"They were all concerned with a deep laceration to her leg, where she hit that guard rail".

"I remember thinking what if I can get my bike can I still win?"

"Chloe is a talented athlete", said Christine Armstrong.

"This is definitely a serious accident but she will look back on it and hopefully be able to say that she was lucky in a lot of ways".

The 23 year old had a lead of nearly half a minute on her closest rival at the intermediate time check on the 31.7km course that started and finished at the Imola motor racing circuit in Italy's Emilia Romagna region.

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"Thank you for all the well wishes".

"All we know is that she is conscious and talking", USA Cycling said on Twitter.

Dygert suffered a significant laceration to her left leg, according to an update by USA Cycling.

Dygert's injuries may very well threaten her chances at being competitive-or even competing- at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, set for July of next year.

"We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been". "While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter". With Chloe's determination, we know she will come back before we know it. "For now, we want her to focus on healing".

Olympic road race champion Van der Breggen, who finished second behind Dygert past year in Harrogate when the American won by a record margin, claimed victory in 40:20.14, 15 seconds quicker than Swiss Marlen Reusser with Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) in third place.

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