Crash of Australia pursuit team sends rider to hospital

RIO DE JANEIRO – Australian rider Melissa Hoskins was taken from the Rio Olympics velodrome on a stretcher Monday after her pursuit team crashed hard while doing a training effort at race speed.

The team of Hoskins, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson were at the end of the back straight when the crash occurred. Edmondson stayed on her bike as the other three riders fell hard onto the banked wooden track.

Hoskins was put in a back brace as a precaution and taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital for further examination, Cycling Australia spokeswoman Gennie Sheer told The Associated Press.

Ankudinoff, Baker and Cure walked off the track and were being treated for bruises and burns.

The team pursuit competition begins with qualifying on Thursday.

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