Team Type 1's Matt Wilson has sustained a broken wrist after crashing during a training ride on the Pacific Coast Highway in California last Wednesday. The former Australian road champion was riding with Toyota United's Heath Blackgrove and Hilton Clarke when the slow-speed crash occurred. He is expected to be out for two weeks, but should return in time for the Tour de Georgia starting April 21.
"We were coming up to an intersection and I didn't see the guy in front of me stop and my bike went straight into him," Wilson explained. "It was a stupid nothing crash. I hit the ground at a bad angle and just broke it." The 29 year-old will undergo surgery on his right wrist this Tuesday. Once the swelling goes down, he hopes to get back on the bike, riding on a trainer.
"It was a huge disappointment for me," added Wilson, who had a promising start to the season with victory in round two of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic in Australia and 10th place overall at the Tour de Langkawi in Malaysia. "My training was going well and I was looking forward to San Dimas and Redlands and doing something straight off."
"We were pretty excited about the performance of the team in Malaysia and Taiwan and were looking forward to having some more good results," said Team Type 1 sport director Ed Beamon. "So not having Matt for San Dimas and Redlands is a bit of a stunner. But we're hoping to have him back for the Tour de Georgia. If he can at least manage the pain, he should be good and definitely be a factor for Georgia."