Kiwi Commonwealth Games rider Ally Wollaston suffers wrist fracture during Tour de France

Ally Wollaston, pictured after winning a world junior track title in 2019, broke her wrist just before the Commonwealth Games.

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Ally Wollaston, pictured after winning a world junior track title in 2019, broke her wrist just before the Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand Commonwealth Games rider Ally Wollaston fractured her wrist during the Women’s Tour de France race one week before the Birmingham Games.

The 21-year-old former Junior World Track Champion for Team AG Insurance was injured in a crash during the second stage of the Tour on Monday (Tuesday NZ time).

Wollaston was only supposed to complete the first three stages before leaving for the Commonwealth Games.

She had to ride on the track and on the road in Birmingham.

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His team AG Insurance NXTG suffered a second blow in the second leg. Italian rider Gaia Masetti also crashed and was taken, along with Wollaston, to hospital for checks. A social media post, posted by the Belgian team with a picture of Massetti before the accident, said “Gaia has several stitches, but luckily no broken bones”.

It would be a blow for Wollaston if she were to miss the Commonwealth Games.

She was ruled out of potential selection for the Tokyo Olympics after suffering a concussion in early 2021 which sidelined her from training and racing for two months.

Wollaston is a part-time law student at the University of Waikato.

According to Cycling New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games media guide, Wollaston excelled on the track and on the road as a varsity athlete.

She won gold in the individual pursuit at the 2019 World Junior Track Championships, also winning silver in the team pursuit in 2018.

Equally adept on the road, she is the current U23 road champion and elite criterium champion, and she won the Morbihan GP for her Dutch professional road team NXTG Racing.

Earnest L. Veasey