Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 10, 2016

In Wednesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fournier wins photo finish in Route de France, stage 3; Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten; Australian women’s team pursuit squad crashes in training; UCI defends Olympics road race course; Sondre Holst Enger to AG2R La Mondiale; Timmer, Stamsnijder extend with Giant-Alpecin; Nikolas Maes joins Lotto-Soudal; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s time trial at the Rio Olympics; Team Africa Rising helps first Eritrean female cyclist to race professionally in the United States; Study: Pro cyclists better at resisting mental fatigue; Police: Cyclist at fault in deadly collision; Dan Craven ‘live-tweets’ during Olympic road race; Cavendish on Olympics: Third Time Lucky or Fail Again; Actress Leslie Jones on the women’s road race finish

Australian women’s team pursuit team crashes in training

by CyclingTips

There was more bad luck for the Australian cycling team at the Rio Olympics as the women’s team pursuit squad suffered a bad crash while training, with Melissa Hoskins taken from the venue on a backboard as a precaution. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries from the crash with Hoskins cleared and released from hospital.

The five-woman pursuit team of Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Hoskins were doing a training effort at race speed of around 60km/h when the crash happened. Ankudinoff, Baker and Cure also crashed, but were able to walk away with only minor injuries.

“I remember the whole thing, I had nowhere to go, straight over the handle bars and landed heavy on my side, and uncomfortably,” said Hoskins. “For those watching it would have been spectacular, we certainly weren’t on a Sunday stroll, we were doing high speed race pace efforts now we are this close to competition. So when you crash at those speeds it is never nice especially when four come down, but I am counting us very lucky.”

While Hoskins is hopeful she will be ready to compete by qualifications on Thursday, she is confident that the four other riders were be able to step-up if she cannot.

“For me, we will take it day by day, it will be a case of seeing how I go,” Hoskins said. “Now, it is obviously quite painful, but you can only throw caution to the wind and hope luck is on my side. We will be OK, luckily we have four girls who are firing and who will fly the flag if I can’t.”

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