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Jake Gray suffers heavy training crash with oncoming van driver

Posted on: January 29th, 2019

Jake Gray Ribble Pro Cycling

Having only recently secured a place with the Ribble Pro Cycling Continental team, Irish cyclist Jake Gray has had a heavy crash in training. Along with two other riders, he crashed with an oncoming driver in a van (Photos with thanks to Martine Verfaillie)

 

Irish international rider Jake Gray has suffered a heavy fall, in a crash with a van driver, in Spain.

The young Irishman was training with his new Ribble squad in the south of Spain when the crash occurred.

Reports suggest Gray and two other riders hit an oncoming motorist in a van.

Jake Gray broke his scaphoid, a wrist bone, in the crash. Unfortunately he’s looking at a period on the sidelines as a result.

His team mate Scott Auld come off worst, though he is not as badly injured as his team first feared.

Auld, a 22-year-old British rider, broke his left arm, badly bruised his right arm and suffered wounds above his eyes that required some stitching.

The third cyclist to crash on the ride in the hills just outside Calpe was a representative from one of the team’s sponsors.

It appears the riders were descending at the time. A van driver had encroached into the oncoming lane when he met the Ribble group.

The crash, which occurred earlier today, will come as a disappointment to Gray. He will now miss training at a vital time of the year.

And his racing debut for Ribble Pro Cycling, a UK-based Continental team, will be delayed.

 

Long season ahead for Gray

However, because the crash involved an oncoming van it could have been much worse.

Furthermore, Jake Gray should be able to resume riding on a home trainer very quickly.

A former national junior road race champion, Jake Gray has spent the last two seasons plying his trade with VC Toucy in France.

He has also progressed seamlessly into the U23 national set-up, riding several Nations Cup events.

Gray has also ridden the Rás Tailteann on the Irish team for the past two seasons; proving aggressive both years.

While unfortunate to break a bone with the first races of 2019 just weeks away, he still has a long season ahead.

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