By Kirsten Robbins
Australia's Matt Wilson has dedicated his Cascade Cycling Classic stage victory to injured team-mate Ben Brooks. The Team Type 1 rider fell during Wednesday's opening stage and was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after striking a cattle guard and losing consciousness.
Wilson said the 29 year-old had been placed in a medically-induced coma, and that doctors have received positive signs in the 24 hours since the accident.
"I'd like to dedicate this day to my team-mate Ben Brooks who crashed in yesterday's stage," said Wilson. "He's in an induced coma but they've been bringing him out of it to check to see if he's alright - it's looking very positive."
Brooks was treated on the scene by a rescue squad before being rushed to hospital. Team Type 1's director Ed Beamon said riders who witnessed the crash had told him the cattle guard put Brooks into a spin then catapulted him from the bicycle.
"He is breathing on his own now but is pretty heavily sedated," Beamon said.
Wilson leads the elite men's section of the National Racing Calendar series event following his Stage 2 victory.
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the 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 cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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