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Kiwi cyclist Collins out of US hospital

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/06/2016

A file photo of Emily Collins. © Lewis Whyld/PA Wire A file photo of Emily Collins.

Leading New Zealand road professional Emily Collins has been released from hospital in California but faces a lengthy wait before her return to the bike.

Collins tweeted she was "over the moon" to be released 10 days after crashing in the final stage of the Tour of California in Sacramento, when she fractured an elbow and suffered spinal and facial damage.

The elbow damage may take about two months to heal for Collins, who is New Zealand's second-highest ranked road rider behind another US-based professional, Linda Villumsen.

The 25-year-old doesn't remember the high-speed incident, which took place during a downhill section while riding for the Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank team.

Collins had been enjoying a solid season, recording five top-10 stages finishes, along with ninth placings on general classification in two tours - in South Australia and Arkansas.

She was in the New Zealand road race team at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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