Elite road cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio will be sidelined from racing for the rest of the year, closing out her season at a hospital in France after crashing in a time trial race at the weekend.
Moolman-Pasio’s professional team, Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling, confirmed on Monday she would be out for about three months with a broken hip bone.
While no surgery will be required, she will remain in hospital for a few days before returning home to begin her recovery.
South Africa’s top-ranked rider had apparently collided with a police motorbike, which was parked in the middle of a roundabout, in an attempt to avoid another rider, who had crashed earlier in the Chrono des Nations time trial contest.
“Moolman-Pasio was given no prior warning about the obstruction in the road,” her team said in a statement.
Ann-Sofie Duyck of Belgium (Topsport Vlaanderen – Etixx) won the annual time trial race and Moolman-Pasio’s Finnish teammate, Lotta Lepisto, finished third.
Though she would not compete again this year, Moolman-Pasio had already capped a solid season with some fine performances in 2016, which included a bronze medal in the team time trial at the World Road Championships in Doha earlier this month and top-12 finishes in the road race and time trial at the Rio Olympics in August.