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Great news for Bernard

By Mark Etheridge

Our junior world champion cyclist Bernard Esterhuizen will be back in the saddle way sooner than expected after crashing out of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last week.

Esterhuizen, who won the men’s time trial at UCI Junior Worlds earlier this year, placed sixth in the same event in India in a slower time than his win at world championships

But he then crashed out during the keirin competition and was diagnosed with a fractured collar bone.

Often one of the most painful fractures, Esterhuizen got off lightly. “No it wasn’t sore at all, thankfully,” said the Swiss-based cyclist who celebrated his 18th birthday at the Games.

“I’ve since been back to the doctor and he said that my fracture is so good I don’t even have to wear my sling anymore and I’ll be back on the bike in a week.”

Esterhuizen, who had a Swiss flag shaved onto the side of his head by veteran cyclists Robbie Hunter and Daryl Impey as part of his Games initiation, will now work hard at being ready for the World Cup events which roll around at the end of the year.


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