Chloé Dygert left the road in Imola and was seriously injured. Now the world champion has had to undergo surgery. The American sports director comments on her condition.

The defending champion Chloé Dygert, who fell hard, was operated on in a hospital in Bologna on Friday evening. “She’s resting now and we think she’s fully recovered,” the US Cycling Association said Friday night.

During the individual time trial in Imola, Italy, Dygert went into a bend in the road and fell over a guardrail. The 23-year-old top favorite, who was on course for the next gold medal at the start of the Cycling World Championships, suffered a deep crack in her left leg.

Chloe Dygert when she won the title in 2019 (Source: Sirotti / image images)

Dygert coach Kristin Armstrong said, “She has had accidents in the past and has come back stronger. I have no doubt it will be the same again.” The American had been cared for at the scene of the accident by several emergency services after the crash barrier cut her left knee.

US Sports Director Jim Miller said, “We are relieved that this fall has not had worse consequences.” Dygert is “young and a fighter”. She should now be fully focused on regeneration, Miller added.

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