In a women’s criterium series run in conjunction with the Santos Tour Down Under, South Australian cyclist Amber Halliday, 31, was the victim of a serious crash Monday evening, and was in an induced coma at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
It was in the second and final race of the Rendition Homes-Santos Women’s Cup held at Adelaide’s Victoria Park Racecourse that saw Halliday meet with disaster, roughly 17 minutes into the half-hour circuit race. “Whether she was clipped or she clipped someone else, you just don’t know,” Max Stevens, the executive manager of Cycling South Australia, told the Seven News network.
According to reports, Halliday, a former world champion rower who turned to cycling in late 2008 and won the Australian time trial championship last year, landed face-first and was knocked out cold.
“She’s in a critical condition but stable. There are head injuries involved, and it’s a waiting game,” Stevens said. “It’s just one of those things, unfortunately — it could happen in any event. I tell you now, if anyone can get through this it’s Amber Halliday.”
“I really wish her all the best,” said Robbie McEwen, who is currently racing the Tour Down Under with his new squad, Team RadioShack. “I know her personally, so I hope she makes a quick recovery.”