Lodwick ‘fine’ after cycling accident | CraigDailyPress.com

Lodwick ‘fine’ after cycling accident

US Ski Team member collides with car while on bike in France

John F. Russell
Todd Lodwick collided with this car near Albertville, France, on Wednesday.
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— World champion and four-time Olympian Todd Lodwick was released from the hospital with bumps and bruises after a biking accident near Albertville, France, on Wednesday afternoon.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Todd Kelly said Lodwick was descending the Col de Les Saisies, after watching Stage 17 of Wednesday’s Tour de France, when a car stopped or pulled out in front of him. Lodwick swerved into the other lane to avoid a collision, but he found himself in the path of an oncoming car. Kelly said Lodwick was traveling about 25 miles an hour before braking. He and the driver of the car attempted to stop, but they collided, and Lodwick was ejected from his bike before hitting the windshield and roof of the oncoming car, Kelly said.

Lodwick was transported to a hospital in Albertville where he underwent a multitude of tests and later was released with bumps and bruises.

“The good news is that Todd is fine,” Kelly said. “I’m sure he’s going to be sore for a while, but as far as we know, he doesn’t have any major injuries.”

Kelly said Lodwick will stay in the area for a couple of days to make sure everything is fine and then will return to Steamboat Springs.

The U.S. Team has been staying in Courchevel, which is in the mountains above Albertville, the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Kelly said the unique training camp has allowed the team to train on the jumps in the morning and then cycle on some of the Tour’s most notable routes in the afternoon. It also has given the team a rare opportunity to watch several stages of the Tour de France as it passes through the mountains nearby.

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