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Top cyclist hurt in training crash

  • Top cyclist hurt in training crash

    World champion cyclist Annette Edmondson has escaped serious injury after a training crash.

World champion cyclist Annette Edmondson has escaped serious injury after a training crash in the Adelaide Hills.

The 24-year-old was taken to hospital after colliding with a car on Wednesday at 50km/h, but still plans to race early next month at the world track titles.

The impact of the crash left a dent in the side of the car and the impact also snapped the front fork of Edmondson's bike.

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Edmondson told the Adelaide Advertiser that she suffered a haematoma on her hip and a "bashed knee".

The March 2-6 world championships at London's Olympic velodrome are a dress rehearsal for the Australian team before the Rio Games.

Edmondson is one of Australia's key track cyclists ahead of Rio.

She is reigning world champion in the omnium and is also a member of the team pursuit squad that will defend their title.

"I was pretty winded and everything hurt so I spent 30 seconds trying to breathe again, but I was in the middle of the road and trying to move," she said.

"I've had a few crashes before but never with a car ... and it could have been much worse.

"All the scans of my neck and back and knee (came back clear), but I've got a haematoma on my thigh and a bashed knee.

"So hopefully when the swelling goes down it's not too bad."

The Australian track team will have its last training session in Adelaide on Saturday before leaving for the worlds.

Edmondson had just left her home at Crafers in the Adelaide Hills when the collision happened.

She said the driver of the car was rattled and apologetic, adding the collision happened on "a really nasty intersection".

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