By Paul Verkuylen Tasmanian locals as well as some of Australia's highest profile cyclists have...
By Paul Verkuylen
Tasmanian locals as well as some of Australia's highest profile cyclists have shown overwhelming generosity for 17-year-old Shamus Liptrot, who is still in the Royal Hobart hospital intensive care unit in a medically induced coma.
Liptrot was involved in an mass pileup during the final lap of the men's C grade scratch race on day one of the Devonport Christmas carnival and sustained a broken leg and arm, three broken ribs and a fractured skull after being thrown over the perimeter fence in the fall.
Liptrot was operated on yesterday to remove a blood clot and relieve the pressure on his brain.
Rallying behind Liptrot, riders and spectators at the carnival have donated over $5000 to the appeal. All the riders racing in the UCI events also pitched in by offering a signed skinsuit which was up for auction for the entire night, eventually fetching over $1000.
The men's C grade field donated the prize money of their scratch race towards the appeal, which also drew donations from South Australian cyclist and this year's Paris-Roubaix winner, Stuart O'Grady. O'Grady recovered from multiple broken bones in a horrific crash during Tour de France in July.
In total the appeal has raised over $15,000, which will go towards medical expenses and travel cost for Liptrot's family who arrived in Launceston yesterday to support their son.