Matt Teggart hopeful crash will not keep him out for long
Matt Teggart came down in a crash last weekend and now faces a period out of racing action. He can still train so he should not lose too much fitness. The An Post Rás is still very much part of his plan.
Matt Teggart has suffered a setback after fracturing his elbow in a crash at the U23 Liége Bastogne Liége last weekend.
The An Post-ChainReaction man came down after colliding with another rider.
He will now be out of racing for a period, though he doesn’t believe the An Post Rás is beyond him.
“It was just a freak accident really,” he said. “All was cool and relaxed 40 kilometres into the race when we hit a descent and it all bunched up.
“The lad in front of me was taking a drink or eating. But with one hand on the bars he hit a hole and just lost it doing about 60kph.
“I was right behind him and just piled straight over the top of him,” Teggart said.
He was left on the ground with severe pain to his elbow. The diagnosis was a fracture to his elbow.
Testing times for Teggart
It has not been a straightforward season for Teggart so far. A knee injury kept him out for a short period in the early season.
But he has shown great resolve to come back and has ridden very strongly in a number of races.
In one of his better performances this year he took a top 10 in a stage of the Tour of Normandy .
He should get back to full fitness in a matter of weeks, provided all goes okay with his rehab.
The 21-year-old began his career with Banbridge CC. He raced in France last year before stepping up to Continental level this season.
Teggart has also become a regular on the U23 Irish team and rode the Rás last year on the national team.