Cyclist crashes through rear windshield in brutal collision

Ian Crane, riding for Jamis-Hagens Berman, was airlifted to hospital after crashing through a rear...

Ian Crane, riding for Jamis-Hagens Berman, was airlifted to hospital after crashing through a rear windshield Sunday during the USA Pro Challenge. (CHRIS GRAYTHEN/Getty Images/AFP)

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Ian Crane, a cyclist for American team Jamis-Hagens Berman, was freakishly injured Sunday when he crashed through the rear window of another team’s vehicle during Stage 7 of the USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.

The 24-year-old rookie from Seattle was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries but remained sedated in hospital after being airlifted from the course.

“It was a pretty violent crash,” Ed Beamon, sport director for Jamis-Hagens Berman, told the Denver Post. “He had a lot of facial lacerations and probably some broken bones. Obviously, there was quite a bit of blood loss, mainly from the facial lacerations.

“Everything we’ve gotten from the doctors has been positive.”

The crash occurred 30km into the 126km stage from Boulder to Denver.

Crane had been pushing hard to rejoin the pack after a minor crash forced him to change bicycles. While weaving his way through the caravan, several vehicles suddenly stopped and Crane crashed through the rear windshield of a Team Cannondale car, according to a Cannondale spokesperson.

“We were hitting a pretty windy section, and as he was coming back in the caravan, there was a stoppage,” Beamon said. “Either he didn't react to it quick enough or ... I don't exactly know how it happened.”


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