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Aussie cycling great Stuart O’Grady pinpoints ‘mixed bag’ of talent and experience behind horror crashes

Aussie cycling great Stuart O’Grady pinpoints ‘mixed bag’ of talent and experience behind horror crashes

An Australian cycling great has pinpointed the “mixed bag” of talent and experience as a key reason for high-profile crashes inside the velodrome at the…

Tuesday, Aug 02

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An Australian cycling great has pinpointed the “mixed bag” of talent and experience as a key reason for high-profile crashes inside the velodrome at the Commonwealth Games .

But after Olympic champion Matt Walls was thrown over the barriers and into a horrified crowd of spectators on Sunday, other legends say it is time for venues to receive an overdue, simple and effective safety upgrade.

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He was treated for injuries in the stands for 40 minutes as the session was suspended and the arena evacuated following the final-lap crash.

The Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock was taken out on a stretcher while Canada’s Derek Gee, who also nearly landed in the crowd, ended the night in hospital.

The incident has sparked an immediate inquiry and serious questions over the safety of riders and spectators at the velodrome. Matt Walls of England (left) along with George Jackson of New Zealand and Joshua Duffy of Australia during a crash in the Men’s 15km Scratch Race. Credit: ALEX BROADWAY/AAPIMAGE British pair Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Kenny believe integrating an ice hockey-like glass screen over the railings would immediately end the “preventable” incidents.Olympic gold medallist and three-time Commonwealth Games champion Stuart O’Grady, however, feels it will always start with the athletes themselves.“When the Olympics and Commonwealth Games are on, they seem to get highlighted quite a bit,” he said on Sunrise.“We’ve got a […]

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