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Tour Down Under: Pozzovivo down but not out after 70kph training crash

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Domenico Pozzovivo wears a bandage after a training crash in Australia

Domenico Pozzovivo wears a bandage after a training crash in Australia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Domenico Pozzovivo at the 2019 Bahrain-Merida team presentation

Domenico Pozzovivo at the 2019 Bahrain-Merida team presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bahrain-Merida riders enjoy a break from training in Australia

Bahrain-Merida riders enjoy a break from training in Australia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Matej Mohoric, Domenico Pozzovivo and Vincenzo Nibali in Croatia

Matej Mohoric, Domenico Pozzovivo and Vincenzo Nibali in Croatia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Domenico Pozzovivo and his Bahrain-Merida teammates

Domenico Pozzovivo and his Bahrain-Merida teammates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) hit the deck at 75 kilometres an hour on Thursday during a training ride ahead of the Tour Down Under but came away with no serious injuries and will start the race in the coming days.

The Italian was on a descent and motor-pacing when the incident occurred. He hit an uneven section of tarmac and came down hard on his left side. He lost skin on his left arm and leg but bravely soldiered on, finishing his training with an additional three hours on bike before returning the team hotel.

“Before the crash I felt very good, and I think I can still recover in time for the race.”

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Daniel Benson

 Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has 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 runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.