Dygert's crash was a dramatic one, appearing to blow out her tyre on a fast corner, wobbling before crashing over the guard rail and down a steep hill. The broadcasters did not dwell on the crash, but pictures from the scene showed Dygert being treated by medics and with a deep gash above her left knee, the spot which had hit the barricade first.
“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been. While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter,” said Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s Chief of Sport Performance. “With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”
Dygert was immediately treated by event medics at the site of the crash. She was transported to a hospital in Bologna, Italy where she was treated by their medical team. A statement by USA cycling has confirmed that Dygert is out of surgery, resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.
Kristin Armstrong, Dygert’s personal coach, sees Dygert coming back from the setback better and stronger.
“Chloe is a gifted athlete,' said Armstrong. "She’s had accidents in the past and returned stronger than ever. I have no doubt that this will be the case again.”
The World Championships continues tonight with the men's time trial from Imola, Italy. Rohan Dennis and Luke Durbridge will fly the flag for Australia, with coverage beginning from 2225 AEST on SBS On Demand and streaming via the Cycling Central website.