Maggie Coles-Lyster was competing at the Six Day Copenhagen track event on Saturday when she went down hard while racing the scratch race in the omnium. The 2017 junior world champion in the points race from Maple Ridge, B.C. was competing alongside Canadians Allison Beveridge, Stephanie Roorda and Jasmin Duehring at the event.
“So as some of you may know I went down with 1 lap to go in the final scratch race of the omnium last night. Not really sure what happened as I instantly lost consciousness for a couple minutes,” Coles-Lyster wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday.
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Hey all! So as some of you may know I went down with 1 lap to go in the final scratch race of the omnium last night. Not really sure what happened as I instantly lost consciousness for a couple minutes. Injuries could of been so much worse but I've got probably a mild to severe concussion, 2 fractures along my cheekbone/eye socket, possible broken ribs, a bunch of road rash and some air bubbles above my lungs. Spent the night in hospital and staying here for observation, then going to have my face assessed for whether or not I need surgery tomorrow. And I'll be stuck in beautiful Copenhagen for another 2 ish weeks because I can't fly with my injuries. Oh well, that's bike racing 😆 Really bummed to have missed doing the final Madison with @alli_bev but stoked that we still won the overall omnium! Thanks to the amazing team at Herlev Hospital for taking such great care of me 💕 And for all the get well messages I have already gotten! 😘💕
Coles-Lyster sustained numerous serious injuries and was hospitalized following the crash. She sustained a mild to a severe concussion, has two fractures on her cheekbone and eye socket, possibly has broken ribs, sustained road rash across her body and said she has air bubbles above her lungs. Coles-Lyster could possibly be going under the knife on Monday on the broken bones to her face. Needless to say it will be a long road to recovery for the 18-year-old who turns 19 this month. She will stay in Copenhagen for the next two weeks before flying back to Canada. “Oh well, that’s bike racing,” Coles-Lyster added.
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Update: So I got discharged from the hospital a little over an hour ago and the pain killers are doing a lovely job! The air bubbles in my lungs are still there but I had them xrayed again and so far my lungs haven't collapsed 😰 I go back for another xray next week. Tomorrow morning I go to a different hospital to see a specialist to decide what to do with my broken face (fractured in two places under the road rash) and whether or not we do surgery or a more conservative approach. My fractured ribs are pretty mild and so far luckily feeling no symptoms from my few minutes of unconsciousness. Because of the injuries, it will be close to two weeks before I can fly home. . . Thank you so much to everyone who helped me at the track and all of the wonderful, supportive messages I have gotten 💕 You are all amazing!! 😘
Racing with Olympian Allison Beveridge, the pair still managed to secure second in the omnium despite not being able to race the Madison as a team.