The first serious crash of the Elite races at the brutal Fiuggi UCI Cyclocross World Cup crashfest, Alice Maria Arzuffi’s tumble over the snow fencing, thankfully proved to be less serious than a similar but season-ending one suffered by Toon Aerts later in the men’s race.
Arzuffi reports that she suffered nothing broken in the crash, despite being carried off in a stretcher and sent to the local hospital. Still, the racer has some bruises and contusions to mend:
Good news (or almost)! ? Nothing broken. Just a big pain on my back, a lot of bruises everywhere and muscle contusion on my leg.
— Alice Maria Arzuffi (@AliceArzuffi) January 15, 2017
Now the Italian racer is deep into treatment in attempt to recover in time for the Hoogerheide World Cup and the 2017 Cyclocross World Championships in Luxembourg.
— Alice Maria Arzuffi (@AliceArzuffi) January 16, 2017
Arzuffi currently ranks 16th in the UCI rankings, and on a good day certainly has medal aspirations in Luxembourg.