Downhill rider Sam Blenkinsop breaks wrist

New Zealander sidelined from national series competition

New Zealand downhill mountain bike rider Sam Blenkinsop (Lapierre) crashed and broke his wrist during practice for the second round of the New Zealand Downhill Mountain Bike Series in Dunedin last weekend.

"Full details on the injury aren't available yet," said a representative from his Team. "Sam is flying back to his hometown of Wanganui in order to have the wrist x-rayed in the morning, and have a full assessment made. The wrist was too swollen to be x-rayed in Dunedin."

Blenkinsop is expecting results and a recovery prognosis within a day although he does not think the injury is "too serious".

As a result of his crash, Blenkinsop had to sit out the racing this weekend in Dunedin, just one week after he won round one of the New Zealand Downhill Series in Christchurch.

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