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Gilmore injured in Geelong Tour

Rochelle Gilmore

Rochelle Gilmore (Image credit: John Flynn)

By John Michael Flynn

Australian Commonwealth Games cyclist Rochelle Gilmore is undergoing scans on an injured knee following a nasty crash in the final kilometre of the third stage of Australia’s Geelong Tour on February 22. Gilmore was one of fourteen riders who hit the deck at the end of the 76 kilometre-stage at Barwon Heads on Victoria’s Surf Coast.

Gilmore will undergo hospital scans to determine if there is any serious damage to her right knee. "I'm most worried about the bump on my knee that’s come up straight away," Gilmore said. "The last couple of k’s were chaotic for everybody: everyone was taking risks that we shouldn’t. I would admit that I was taking risks but it takes two to tango."

The crash occurred when two riders at the front of the bunch locked handlebars and another cyclist behind them hit the brakes. "We weren't giving up wheels," Gilmore recounted of the crash with 200 metres to go. "I wanted Ina's wheel and she had T-Mobile girls trying to push me off it, trying to keep her wheel clear, it was just really rough out there."

For the full report of the Geelong Tour stage three, click here.

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