Dygert Released From Hospital After Road Worlds Crash
October 2, 2020
Dygert is on her way to recovery after her crash at the 2020 UCI Time Trial World Championships
Colorado Springs, Colo. – Today, Chloé Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.; Team TWENTY20) was released from the Hospital Maggiore in Bologna, Italy and will return home accompanied by her family. Dygert, the 2019 UCI Time Trial World Champion, crashed last Thursday during the time trial event of the 2020 UCI World Championship in Imola, Italy. After being treated on the scene by event medics and USA Cycling staff, she was transported to one of the largest trauma centers in Italy where she underwent surgery within hours of the injury to repair a laceration on her left leg.
“It’s been a rough few days and I’m ready to return home now to begin my recovery. I want to say thank you for the incredible care I’ve been given here in Italy and all the kind wishes I’ve received,” said Dygert.
Upon her arrival to U.S., Dygert’s care will be overseen by the USA Cycling medical staff in cooperation with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s (USOPC) medical team. She will undergo further evaluation of her left leg and right wrist, which was also injured in the crash.
Dr. Michael Roshon, USA Cycling’s Chief Medical Officer, said “Chloé has had access to the best medical care in Italy and she will continue to be under the care of the best doctors and specialists available. Her goal, and ours, is to develop the optimal rehabilitation plan to get her back on the bike quickly and safely.”
Dygert, a 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in the Women’s Team Pursuit, was the pre-race favorite as the defending World Champion. This was Dygert’s first road event of the season with her last race being the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in February. At the midway checkpoint, Dygert was ahead by 26.54 seconds with a time of 19:35.10. Approximately 4 minutes past the checkpoint, Dygert would go into a right-hand turn, lose control, and crash over the guard rail.
“We were all extremely worried about Chloé when we first saw the crash. When they got the diagnoses, it was a huge sigh of relief that it came out best case scenario. Myself and the entire USA Cycling Staff are wishing Chloé well and know she will be back stronger,” said Rob DeMartini, USA Cycling’s President and CEO.
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