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23.03.2008/ What was supposed to be a routine training ride for Team Type 1’s Matt Wilson instead resulted in a broken wrist that will keep the former Australian national road champion out of competition for a couple of weeks.

© Marco Quezada
No Redlands for Matt Wilson ( Marco Quezada)

Wilson was training last Wednesday on the Pacific Coast Highway with Toyota-United’s Heath Blackgrove and Hilton Clarke when a slow-speed crash occurred.
 
“We were coming up to an intersection and I didn’t see the guy in front of me stop and my bike went straight into him,” Wilson said. “It was a stupid nothing crash. I hit the ground at a bad angle and just broke it.”
 
Wilson will undergo surgery on his right wrist Tuesday. Once the swelling goes down, the 29-year-old hopes to get back on the bike, riding on a trainer.
 
“It was a huge disappointment for me,” Wilson said. “My training was going well and I was looking forward to San Dimas and Redlands and doing something straight off.”
 
In January, Wilson won a stage of the Jayco Bay Cycling Classic in Australia on the way to a sixth place finish overall. Last month, he finished 10th at the Tour of Langkawi while helping Team Type 1 to a runner-up placing on the team classification.
 
“We were pretty excited about the performance of the team in Malaysia and Taiwan and were looking forward to having some more good results,” Team Type 1 Sport Director Ed Beamon said. “So not having Matt for San Dimas and Redlands is a bit of a stunner.
 
“But we’re hoping to have him back for the Tour de Georgia. If he can at least manage the pain, he should be good and definitely be a factor for Georgia.”
 
Wilson knows a thing or two about speedy recoveries. In 2006, he broke his hand, his collarbone and his back in separate incidents.
 
“I was down in the dumps for a couple days about this injury, but now I’m focusing on what I have to do to come back,” he said.

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