Olympic champion Dani King has suffered five broken ribs and a collapsed lung after a crash on a training ride on Thursday (Nov 6) caused by a hidden pothole.
The 23-year-old Wiggle Honda rider tweeted that she is recovering from her injuries in a South Wales hospital.
GB team-mate Laura Trott tweeted her best wishes to King, who has decided to focus on road cycling in 2015.
Speaking to Wales Online, King’s agent Steve Fry called on local authorities to improve the condition of roads following the accident.
“The accident happened between Merthyr Tydfil and Quaker’s Yard and what happened was one of the cyclists with who she was riding went over a pothole that was covered with water due to the wet weather we’ve been having.
“It led to Dani crashing off her bike with the resultant injuries she has talked about on her Twitter account. The injuries are clearly painful and serious and we can only hope she gets better soon.
“She is having fantastic treatment from the doctors and nurses looking after her and is very happy with the medical attention she’s getting. It’s too early to say yet when she’ll be back in training and back competing.
“I think it’s time local authorities in the UK started spending more money on repairing roads to ensure things like this don’t keep happening. We’d like to see £10 per head of population spent on cyclists in terms of maintenance of cycle paths and roads.”
Source: Wales Online
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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