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Mark Renshaw fractures pelvis in training ride incident with car

Daniel Ostanek
3 Dec 2018

The sprinter and lead out man is set to miss the first three months of season after being hit by a car. Photo: Dimension Data

Australian sprinter Mark Renshaw will miss the start of the 2019 season after suffering a fractured pelvis after he was hit by a car while out training in his hometown of Bathurst, Australia.

The Dimension Data man had been training at home after the African team’s late-season training camp in Cape Town, South Africa.

Set to get his season underway at the Australian National Championships in early January, Renshaw is now due to miss the first three to four months of the season.

'I was heading back on the road for the final two hours of my five-hour training ride,' said Renshaw in a statement on the Dimension Data website.

'As I entered the roundabout the car looked like it was going to stop. I assume the driver didn’t see me and I hit the front right of the car and flew over the bonnet, landing heavily on my pelvis.

'I’m not sure if the impact with the car or the ground caused my injuries but it was definitely a scary moment as you now realise it could have been much worse.

'I’m devastated that my pre-season training will be hampered as I was planning a big start to 2019,' he added.

'I returned from our training camp super motivated for next season and I was already into serious training for January’s racing.'

Renshaw’s fractured pelvis is the latest injury in what has been an injury-hit season for Dimension Data, and isn’t even the first fractured pelvis the team has suffered. Eritrean Mekseb Debesay missed three months after fracturing his during the Tour de Langkawi.

Elsewhere, star sprinter Mark Cavendish endured a tortuous early season, suffering broken ribs and a concussion in multiple crashes before being diagnosed with the season-ending Epstein-Barr virus.

Lead out man Bernhard Eisel has endured a broken wrist and subdural haematoma in 2018, while Australian climber Ben O’Connor crashed out of 12th place in the Giro d’Italia with a broken collarbone.

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