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Red Cross helps Joanna Rowsell after cycling crash

5 August 2013

Red Cross volunteers helped Olympic cyclist Joanna Rowsell after she broke her collarbone in a race in central London.

Rowsell, who won gold in the team pursuit at the 2012 Olympics, was injured during the RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix on 4 August. She crashed in the last lap of the race, falling over her handlebars after another rider lost control in front of her.

Red Cross first aiders treated Rowsell and called an ambulance to the scene. She was later taken to St Thomas’ hospital.

The athlete’s spokeswoman said: “Joanna is sore and frustrated, but would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and in particular the teams from the Red Cross and London Ambulance service who helped her at the scene of the crash.”

The race was part of a weekend-long cycling event in London for professionals and the public. Nearly 100 Red Cross volunteers and staff provided first aid for people at the event, including other riders with injuries caused by crashes – some of whom were sent to hospital for further treatment.