Kristin Armstrong: Chloe Dygert's crash is devastating but she will come back stronger

IMOLA ITALY SEPTEMBER 24 Chloe Dygert of The United States Crash Injury Accident Doctors Red cross 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
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Chloe Dygert was on her way to winning a second consecutive world title in the individual time trial at the 2020 UCI Road World Championships when she crashed out on a descent on the return to the finish line in Imola. Following the horrific accident, Cyclingnews spoke with her coach, two-time world champion and three-time Olympic gold medallist, Kristin Armstrong, who confirmed Dygert was airlifted to a hospital in nearby Bologna.

USA Cycling 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.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.