Briton Dolan breaks collarbone 48 hours after winning world bronze

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A British cyclist is recovering at home after being hit by a car two days after winning a bronze medal at the Road World Championships.

Lauren Dolan, 20, from Newton Abbot, in Devon, suffered a broken collarbone and soft tissue damage.

“I had the best feeling so far in my cycling career and 48 hours later I’m lying in hospital, feeling completely devastated,” she said.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was investigating.

Ms Dolan was part of the six-rider team time trial relay squad that claimed bronze at the Road World Championships in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on 22 September.

She returned to her home two days later and was hit while out training in Teignmouth with her father and coach.

“A car approached us from behind and was beeping his horn straight away,” Ms Dolan said.

“He passed us with inches to spare, slammed his brakes on so hard and at this time we were travelling at about 44 kilometres per hour.

“I tried to go around the outside of him but there was a traffic island.

“Unfortunately, my back wheel clipped it and sent me flying over the handle bars. I ended up about 20 metres down the road.”

She added: “This type of behaviour is becoming all too familiar on our roads.

“It has become a culture that needs addressing and time for change is long overdue.”

Ms Dolan was also injured in June when she was hit by a race safety motorbike, breaking her arm in four places.⁣

“I’ve not been very fortunate this year,” she said, adding: “It’s a bit of a kick in the teeth but it certainly won’t stop me for next year.”

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