September 19, 2015 (Richmond, VA) – Canada’s Annie Ewart suffered a broken collarbone following a crash while training with the Optum Women’s TTT squad in preparation for Sunday’s 38.6km Team Time Trial event that kicks off the 2015 UCI Road World Championships being held in Richmond, Virginia. Apparently the accident happened when the team hit a manhole cover that was recessed following some resurfacing as the roads are fine.
“Sad to report @annieewart has indeed broken her collarbone. Send her your and wishes for a speedy recovery” tweeted the team also letting fans know that Maura Kinsella was diagnosed with a concussion and will also be unable to start on Sunday.
Alison Tetrick is the team’s replacement rider and Optum is hopeful they’ll still be able to meet the minimum of five finishers. The women’s team won the USPRO National TTT title and was a podium contender this year after finishing 4th at last year’s Road Worlds. The untimely crash is a setback for the squad only a day before the competition begins.
But they’re not the only team to suffer an unfortunate crash as Team Sky’s Men also hit the pavement with Danny Pate, Elia Viviani and Luke Rowe crashing apparently at approx. 60kph while reviewing the 38.6km TTT course – no word on injuries but the three are unlikely starters.
Ewart has been released from hospital and is ok but her arm is in a sling and she’ll need time to recuperate – Pedal joins the cycling community in wishing her a speedy recovery.