Tanja Erath needs spinal surgery after Women's Tour crash

Tanja Erath and Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank ahead of stage 1 at The Women's Tour
Tanja Erath and Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank ahead of stage 1 at The Women's Tour (Image credit: SW Pics)

Tanja Erath will undergo spinal surgery after crashing out of the Women’s Tour on stage 1. The Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank rider was initially taken to a hospital in Banbury on Monday before being transferred to the much larger John Ratcliffe Hospital in Oxford. 

The team confirmed the news of Erath’s surgery needs to Cyclingnews after the finish of stage 2 in Walsall.

“It happened near the beginning of the race yesterday, just a touch of wheels I think that caused the crash,” the team's owner Linda Jackson told Cyclingnews.

“It happened on a straight section of road. It was pretty frightening when we got up to her. She was off the road a fair ways, in a ditch full of nettles, conscious but in a lot of pain. She was complaining about back pain and the diagnosis is a broken rib, broken collarbone that needs surgery, two broken vertebrae, one unstable ... (a 3 column fracture of [fifth thoracic vertebra] and 1 column fracture of [T-6]) and possibly a broken finger.

"She does have to have spinal surgery due to the fractures.”

The 31-year-old German came into the race after helping Germany to a silver medal in the team time trial mixed relay at the World Championships in September.

Erath was a practicing doctor before winning the 2017 Zwift Academy to secure a contract with Canyon-SRAM for the 2018 season. She spent three seasons with Canyon-SRAM before she signed for Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank at the start of this year.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.