Road World Championships: Lauren Dolan finishes race despite crash

By Laura SavvasBBC Sport
Lauren Dolan cycles to the finish line despite sustaining horrific leg injury
Team GB's Lauren Dolan rode approximately 8km to the finish after the crash
UCI Road World Championships 2017
Host: Bergen, Norway Dates: 17-24 September
Coverage: Live coverage of the elite men's and women's time trials and road races on BBC TV, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, BBC Sport website & app - full broadcast schedule here

Britain's Lauren Dolan completed the junior women's individual time trial at the Road World Championships despite sustaining a serious leg injury in a crash.

Dolan was at the midway point of the 16.1km course in Bergen when her front wheel hit a hidden drain cover.

She flew over the handlebars and crashed into a concrete barrier.

Dolan, 18, said: "I was devastated and I still am, but I kept going and I made sure I got to the finish line."

The crash caused the rider to slide horizontally with the bike still underneath her, lacerating her right thigh and knee.

She suffered deep grazes as well as two serious cuts each about 7cm long - one close to her knee and the other on her lower leg.

British junior cyclist Lauren Dolan at the UCI Road World Championships
The teenager had a two-hour operation to repair the damage caused by the crash

Despite her injuries and the fact she had to use a road bike after her time-trial machine was damaged, Dolan finished 27th - two minutes and 24 seconds behind winner Elena Pirrone of Italy.

"I'm in a lot of pain. My leg has been stitched up and the operation took about two hours," Dolan told BBC Sport from hospital.

"I am nauseous and I am waiting to get a flight back home now. It's my 18th birthday today and I won't forget it for a long time."

She has been replaced by team-mate Lauren Murphy in the junior women's road race on Friday.

Meanwhile, Britain's cyclo-cross champion Thomas Pidcock became a double world champion by winning gold in the junior men's individual time trial.

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