Imola (AP) – Defending champion Chloé Dygert, who had a tough time at the World Championship individual time trial in Imola, Italy, had surgery at night in a hospital in Bologna.

“She’s resting now and we think she’s fully recovered,” said the US Cycling Association. Dygert turned into a bend in the road and fell over a guardrail. The 23-year-old top favorite from the US, who had been on the golden track at the start of the cycling world championship, suffered a deep crack in her left leg.

“She has had accidents in the past and has come back stronger. I have no doubt it will be the same again,” said Dygert’s trainer Kristin Armstrong. Dygert had been taken in by several emergency services at the scene after the crash barrier cut her left knee. “We are relieved that this fall has not had worse consequences,” said US sports director Jim Miller. Dygert is “young and a fighter”. She should now be fully focused on regeneration, Miller added.

“The worst that can happen is such a fall. I’m really sorry for you, it’s really bad,” said Anna van der Breggen, who won the race. The first time trial world championships for the Dutch woman and the medal for ex-world champion Lisa Brennauer from the Allgäu, who was only missed for 14 seconds, became a minor matter in the “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari”. “There was another brief disappointment, I was so eager to win a medal, especially when you are that close,” said Brennauer. The rivals had initially received nothing from the heavy fall of the defending champion.

Brennauer was now in fourth place. After Dygert’s accident it seemed for a while as if it could be enough for the bronze medal, but in the end Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) also stayed ahead of the German. “But I’m glad I was finally able to get back to the front. I’m totally happy and that’s what counts,” said Brennauer, who won the 2014 World Cup gold and 2015 World Cup bronze in the individual time trial.

Her German team colleague Mieke Kröger also achieved a respectable result in eighth place, while the Swiss Marlen Reusser took silver.

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