MADI­SON MAY­HEM

A crash hos­pi­talises a rider in the 100-lap Madi­son as an Aus­trian pair take out the race at the Spec­tac­u­lar

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CY­CLING:

Bris­bane rider Ethan Viviers can’t be­lieve how lucky he is.

The cy­clist was com­pet­ing in the 100-lap Madi­son at the Auswide Bank In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Spec­tac­u­lar when he was in­volved in a fright­en­ing crash.

The 16-year-old was one of four rid­ers that fell off their bike on the 8th lap of the race at the Kevin Brog­den Velo­drome. Com­ing out of turn one, Viviers lost con­trol of his bike and was thrown over the velo­drome into a parked car af­ter the rider in front of him fell.

“I just went straight over the top of him, over the fence,” he said. “There was a car there on the other side, which was good, it saved the fall.

“My knee is just bruised, lucky there was noth­ing else.” Viviers ad­mit­ted he closed his eyes as he was brac­ing for the im­pact and hoped he didn’t dam­age the car too much.

Join­ing Vivers over the fence was New Zealan­der Jared Pidcock who was taken to hos­pi­tal with bleed­ing knuck­les and con­cus­sion.

An­gus Collins and Ben Foster were the other two in­volved but suf­fered mi­nor in­juries.

When the race got restarted the or­gan­is­ers re­duced the num­ber of sprints, to three, to make the race safer. The race was won by the Aus­tria’s Ste­fan Matzner and An­dreas Muller who took out the last two sprints of the race in­clud­ing the one at the end.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of races to­gether,” Matzner said.

“The last two sprints he (Muller) was per­fectly prepar­ing them so the only job that I had was go­ing full gas for a lap.

Muller said he can’t wait to see his name in­scribed on the tro­phy.

“It was a good come­back so I was happy,” he said.

“I will look at it next year to see if it is spelt cor­rectly.”

Spec­tac­u­lar or­gan­iser Ja­son Tem­ple­man said the Spec­tac­u­lar would re­view the in­ci­dent ahead of next year’s event.

“It’s cy­cling, it could come down to a num­ber of things,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing was well within the rules and it was signed off by the chief com­mis­sar.”

PHO­TOS: SHANE JONES

WIN: Aus­trian duo Ste­fan Matzner and An­dreas Muller won the 100-lap Madi­son at the Auswide Bank In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Spec­tac­u­lar. New Zealand rider Jared Pidcock shows off his in­juries af­ter the crash.

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