Sunweb rider ready for comeback after testicle injury

The 24-year-old said the injury was ‘just as painful as you think’

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A Sunweb rider is ready to make his comeback after suffering a nasty testicle injury in a crash.

Chris Hamilton revealed last month that he had ruptured his testicle in a fall while training and was unsure when he would be able to make his return

The Australian, who joined Sunweb back in 2017, said the injury was “just as painful as you think.”

Now having recovered faster than expected, Hamilton is on his way to Europe to rejoin the peloton.

In an update posted on Instagram, he said: “It’s now been six weeks since my little accident, initially this is how long I was expected to be off the bike.

“To speed up the healing process of my spuds, I decided to do the most manly thing I could think of.”

Hamilton spent his time off the bike taking the engine out of his car and putting it back together and in the process healed much quicker than expected.

He has already flown back to Europe ready to begin racing once again.

Hamilton added: “I’ve been properly training for about a month now and will be racing again in about a week and half.

“I’m back off to Europe today, despite having to sit out all the racing it’s been a bloody good summer.”

Hamilton was riding on a bike path when he had a small crash, which resulted in the ruptured testicle.

Male genital trauma is a fairly rare but potentially serious injury in sports, which can occur through falls, collisions, straddle injuries, kicks and equipment malfunction, according to a study on

Hamilton had been due to kick off his season at the Australian National Championships on Sunday (January 12) but he didn’t take to the start.

Last season he finished sixth overall in the Tour Down Under, eighth in the Tour of Poland and 34th overall in the Giro d’Italia.

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So far he has three Grand Tours to his name – the 2017 Vuelta a España, and the last two editions of the Giro – but he has yet to race the Tour de France.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.