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by Matt de Neef
March 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare takes stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Tiesj Benoot solos to Strade Bianche win; Anna van der Breggen takes solo win at Strade Bianche; Matej Mohoric wins GP Industria & Artigianato; Remi Cavagna leads QuickStep Floors 1-2 at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen; Chloe Dygert smashes individual pursuit world record and takes rainbows; Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness; Tejay Van Garderen out of Paris-Nice after team-car collision; Lucy Kennedy impresses in first European classic; UCI official suffers serious head injury at Track World Championships; Wout van Aert’s double-leg cramp.
A UCI official suffered a serious head injury at the Track World Championships in Appeldoorn on Friday having been hit during the women’s omnium.
The official ran onto the track to collect some debris from an earlier crash, when Hong Kong rider Diao Xiaojuan hit him at full speed.
The official was treated at the scene for 15 minutes before being taken away on a stretcher, unconscious and bleeding from the head. The rider was taken away in a wheelchair.
“We feel sorry upon hearing this news,” said Hong Kong Cycling Association chairman Leung Hung-tak. “This is something rare in a track race, especially at a high level competition as both officials and riders are supposed to be experienced. But it happened and we wish the official a speedy recovery.”
The race resumed some 45 minutes after the incident.