Injury hits O'Shea in Mersey Valley Tour

Injury hits O'Shea in Mersey Valley Tour

SASI's young cyclists battled tough opposition and an injury to Braden O'Shea at last weekend's Mersey Valley Tour in Tasmania

PROMISING South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) cyclist Braden O'Shea could face a battle to recover quickly from a broken collarbone suffered in the recent Mersey Valley Tour event in Tasmania.

O'Shea was in a breakaway group on Saturday with two other riders when there was a tumble, with a rider falling over O'Shea causing his injury.

O'Shea returned to Adelaide on Saturday where his injury was assessed (Monday, May 15) by a medical team.

SASI head cycling coach Brett Aitken said he was hoping for the best news for O'Shea.

"That is the tough part of the sport, especially for young riders,'' he said. "When it is their first shot at international competition it is hard when something like this happens. But it is part of the sport which you can't do much about. I am not sure at this stage if he (O'Shea) will be a chance to make the training camp or the road nationals which is a qualifying event for the world championships. We will know soon.''

Results wise it wasn't a good return for the SA athletes but Aitken said the experience should prove invaluable for the young riders.

"While we didn't get a podium finish at the end of the day it is about learning and developing,'' he said. "Liam (Nolan) wasn't a bad effort in the time trial but the girls found it tough against the open women in a high-quality field.''

SASI riders in the Australian junior squad, Cooper Sayers and Maeve Moroney-Plouffe (endurance) and James Brister and Brooklyn Vonderwall (sprint), will take part in an Australian junior training camp in Adelaide between June 3 and 13. O'Shea is part of that squad but will wait for the specialist report before he knows his path.

Before that training camp the athletes will be joined in Adelaide by some of the Western Australian riders for more training.

The camp will prepare cyclists for the Under-19 Road Nationals in Geelong between June 15 and 18 which will serve as a selection for world junior championships later in the year.

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