Race favourite Chloe Dygert suffered a horrible crash in the time trial at the Road World Championships.
The 23-year-old defending champion was setting the pace again and looked on course for gold on the 31.7km circuit at Imola, but lost control on a corner.
Drama in de tijdrit: Chloe Dygert knalt over de vangrail pic.twitter.com/nRg0AdsO1O
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Dygert was 26 seconds ahead at the intermediate checkpoint but on a fast descent her bike wobbled as she came into a corner. Despite managing to lose some speed she ran out of road, hit a barrier and flipped over the top and down a bank out of view.
Her team car immediately came to her aid and she was treated by paramedics. It was unclear initially how badly she was hurt although USA Cycling tweeted that she was conscious and talking.
“We are in contact with our coaches and Chloe’s team on the ground in Italy. We will post a report on her condition as soon as we have absolute clear confirmation as to her condition,” USA Cycling said in a statement.