Springwood cyclist Amanda Spratt is recovering in an Italian hotel with her teammates after a crash in the seventh stage of the nine-day Giro Rosa in Italy on September 17 that saw her taken to hospital.
Spratt and her Mitchelton-Scott teammate and race leader Annemiek van Vleuten were part of a breakaway group contesting for the stage victory before a crash in the final kilometre which saw the duo unable to avoid riders falling in front of them.
Van Vleuten broke her wrist and Spratt took a heavy hit to her right shoulder and head, and was later diagnosed with concussion.
"Right now my biggest feeling is just disappointment, not just for me but for Vleuty and the whole team. Our Giro was going perfectly, and it all fell apart in one instant," Spratt told Greenedge Cycling, the website for Mitchelton-Scott.
"I think I am lucky I don't have a broken bone but the shoulder is very painful still and with a concussion I have to take it easy now. I hope to recover as quick as possible and be back racing soon. Thanks to the team for the incredible support."
The accident happened on Spratt's 33rd birthday. It leaves her in doubt for the UCI Road Cycling World Championships on September 26 in Imola, Italy, which had been a huge focus for her this racing season. She took home a bronze medal at last year's championships and silver the year before.
Lyn Spratt said her daughter was unlikely to race but was being monitored by the team doctor. She was to have a shoulder scan on Monday.