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Cylance Pro Cycling’s Kathryn Bertine has been hospitalized in La Paz, Mexico following a horrific crash Sunday at the Vuelta Feminil Internacional. The 40-year-old Bronxville, New York native suffered significant head injuries and a broken collarbone as part of a finish line pile-up, according to her father, Peter. Bertine, who is currently in stable condition, spent approximately 24 hours in intensive care before being released to a private room Monday.
Details of the crash remain sketchy. Bertine was guest-riding with the Sonora Speedbikes team according to her Facebook account.
“It’s taken a while to find people in the know who speak English,” Peter Bertine told VeloNews.
“I’ve been able to be in touch directly with the doctor in charge. Fortunately he was in the chase car right behind the women’s race. He saw the accident, which involved — from what I understand — 25 women. He said a whole group in the peloton went down. She was in the middle and tried to get left. I don’t know all the details. There were injuries to about half of them, but he spotted right away that the most serious was Kathryn.”
Bertine was transported by ambulance to La Paz’s Juan Maria de Salvatierra Hospital, where she remains as of press time.
A tenacious advocate for women’s cycling, Bertine directed the 2014 documentary, “Half the Road,” and is credited as one driving force behind many recent advancements in the women’s peloton.
Though not riding for Cylance Pro Cycling at the time of the crash, team director Omer Kem, tells VeloNews that the organization is committed to her care and well-being.
“We are committed to helping Kathryn in any possible way, regardless of what team she was riding for. First we want to make sure she gets the best possible care, then we will talk about getting her back to the United States safely. Both the team and Cylance stand ready to help and wish Kathryn a full and speedy recovery.”