Chloe Dygert crashes out of time trial at Imola World Championships

IMOLA ITALY SEPTEMBER 24 Chloe Dygert of The United States Crash Injury Accident Doctors Red cross Ambulance during the 93rd UCI Road World Championships 2020 Women Elite Individual Time Trial a 317km stage from Imola to Imola ITT ImolaEr2020 Imola2020 on September 24 2020 in Imola Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Defending champion Chloe Dygert of USA crashes out of 2020 UCI Road World Championships time trial (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Chloe Dygert (USA) crashed during the elite women's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships on Thursday. She did not finish the race after seeming to lose control on a descent, hitting a barrier and going down the grass verge on the other side. 

Dygert was treated by race medical staff in an ambulance and then air lifted to the hospital in Bologna. She was confirmed to be conscious.

USA Cycling later confirmed that Dygert suffered a deep laceration to her left leg and required surgery. She underwent surgery on Thursday evening and is resting comfortably, and she is expected to make a full recovery, according to a USA Cycling press release.

The American was the favourite to win a second consecutive world title, after winning in Yorkshire last year, and set the fastest time at the intermediate check point, before she crashed over a road side barrier on the return to the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola.

The elite women raced a 31.7km flat, out and back, route that started and finished at the auto track. Dygert had set the fastest 14.9km intermediate check point with an astonishing 19:35 minutes, nearly half a minute faster than Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) and Van der Breggen (Netherlands).

However, Dygert appeared to have lost control of her bike through a right-hand bend on a downhill and crashed over the road side barriers. Padding on the corner ended before the point where she hit the barrier, meaning a hard collision for the American. Video footage showing her going over the barriers and her bike and into a other side.

Dygert was forced to abandon the event and was treated by medical staff at the side of the road before being transferred into an ambulance. Her injuries have not been confirmed, however, she was conscious.

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) went on to win the time trial title in Imola. It was her first world title in the elite women’s time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, after placing second in the event on four previous occasions. 

Van der Breggen covered the 31.7km route in a winning time of 40:20 to beat silver medallist Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) by 15 seconds and bronze medallist Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) by 31 seconds. 

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Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.