'My skull was cracked from ear to ear, a shard of glass just missed my artery': The journey back to the podium after head-on smash

Bouncing back to the pointy end of racing just three months on from a crash almost too horrific to fully describe, Jesse Ewart’s may be the greatest comeback story you have never heard

Jesse Ewart in action
(Image credit: INPHO)

This article was originally published in Cycling Weekly's print edition as part of the long-running MY FITNESS CHALLENGE series.

"A few millimetres the other way,” says Jesse Ewart, pointing to a long, pink scar on his neck, “and it could have been a lot worse.” We are standing in the shade of a palm tree at February’s Tour of Oman, and while chatting idly about the week of racing ahead he has casually mentioned an accident he had last year. It’s the first I’ve heard of it – and I can’t help but press for more details. 

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