In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge; Anna van der Breggen pulls a hattrick in Flèche Wallonne; Thomas leads 1-2 Sky finish in Tour of the Alps, taking over race lead; Durasek wins snow-shortened stage at Tour of Croatia and takes lead; From hip fracture to Ardennes Classics contention: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s fight back from injury; Leif Hoste wins appeal against fine in doping case; Terpstra resumes training; Cycling safety advocate killed in collision with vehicle; Full Cycle returns to Australian TV from tonight; Video: La Flèche Wallonne highlights; Video: Why is it so hot inside a velodrome?; Video: Cycling South America.
Your Thursday Daily News Digest
Every contender for the Ardennes Classics is a formidable athlete. Events such as the Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège see the world’s best riders go head to head on hilly courses, ensuring a hard-fought contest. But for South African rider Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, her journey to those events has been harder than most. Last October Moolman Pasio was scorching toward victory in the Chrono des Nations time trial in France. She was well ahead at the intermediate time checks, but then disaster struck.
“It would have been wonderful to win. It would have been a great way to end off the season,” she tells CyclingTips. “And I think that was what was most frustrating for me, that the crash could have been avoided. Another rider had crashed in the traffic circle and the police motorbike had parked to protect her.
“But no one was indicating what was happening in the circle to me beforehand. So I had absolutely no idea. And as I entered the circle suddenly I noticed all the commotion. I had entered it at sort of full speed that I practiced the day before. So I had to try and slow down. But the roads were wet. And when your wheels are at an angle already because I had entered the circle, you stand very little chance of staying upright…”
She couldn’t do anything more. Her wheels slid, she hit the deck and that was that.
“I felt on the left hand side and started sliding,” she explains. “I sat up on my bum and then unfortunately the motorbike was parked in the line of my slide. So I came to rest by hitting my right hip full impact on the bike. And that’s what fractured the hip. I suppose the only regret or frustration is if someone had only been able to have warned me before the circle, I had the time to spare to slow down. But it is what it is.”
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