It was a rough day in the office for ORICA-GreenEDGE at the Vattenfall Cyclassics. The team had high hopes for a strong showing in the presumed bunch sprint. The day started according to plan before things went terribly awry in the final hour of racing. By race end, we had three riders in the hospital. Team doctor Peter Barnes later confirmed that Stuart O'Grady had broken his collarbone and four ribs. Daryl Impey suffered a similar fate with broken ribs and an AC tear. Jens Keukeleire received stitches in his upper thigh.
“We were well positioned until everything went wrong,” said Wilson. “It was an easy race until that point. Everyone was fresh. Then, in a space of two kilometers, we had two guys out. Ten kilometers later, Gossy [Matt Goss] punctured, so we lost our race leader. Daryl crashed inside one kilometer to go. We were all there, and it was looking good for us, but cycling is like that sometimes. It can go from good to bad pretty quickly.”