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Imogen Cotter was hit by a car while training in Spain

Irish champion Imogen Cotter is recovering in hospital from injuries she sustained after being hit by a car while training in Spain on Wednesday. Cotter confirmed her injuries include fractures to her patella and radius and required surgery.

“Yesterday I was hit by a car while driving. The car passed a cyclist on the other side of the road and head-on at me at high speed,” Cotter confirmed in a post on Instagram on Thursday.

“I feel so lucky to be alive. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance where I appeared to have fractured my patella and fractured my radius and required a few stitches. I had surgery late last night. I’m just so thankful to still be here to write this. It could have been so much worse.”

Cotter started racing three seasons ago and has competed in e-sports for part of 2020 with Ciclotel at the Belgian circuit and 2021 as part of Movistar’s e-racing team.

After winning the Wicklow road race on October 10 last year, she was crowned Irish Champion and signed a one-year deal with Belgium’s UCI Continental team Plantur-Pura in 2022, where she plans to take the opportunity and race in for the first time full-time in her career.

“My long-term goal is to go to the WorldTour, but I got into cycling very late. I started road racing when I was 25 and I’m 28 now. I’m not a jumping chicken, but I feel like I have a lot of room to progress because I’ve only been cycling for three years,” said Cotter in an interview at the Rouleur Live event in London last November to Cyclingnews.

Cotter wrote that she was relieved to be alive after the incident and that she believed her injuries could have been much worse.

Cotter has been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming 2022 UCI Cycling Esports World Championships on February 26th. She has not confirmed a recovery period for her healing and it is unclear how this incident may affect her 2022 preseason racing plans.

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