The Kenda Pro Cycling team had a mixed bag of results at the Athens Twilight Criterium. Luca Damiani was one of the instigators of the winning break and finished sixth. However back in the field, teammate Jonny Sundt had the misfortune of crashing on the backside of the course, breaking his collar bone. A rider crossed a wheel in front of Sundt and he went into the back wheel sending him skyward.
Talking to Sundt in the team hotel the following morning, Sundt knew it was bad when he landed.
“I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be riding my bike the rest of the evening.”
With the help of his team and Kendra Pro fans, Sundt was taken off the course and driven to the hospital. However, he did insist on going to the hotel first in order to shower.
“Let’s face it, you gotta look good.”
If there was any irony in Sundt’s crash it is the fact that he was wearing race number 13 upside down, in an attempt to ward off bad luck. Also, just before the crash race announcer Chad Andrews mentioned that fact over the PA.
“Within 30 seconds of him saying that I was on the ground.”
Remarkably with a racing career spanning twenty years Sundt has never broken a collar bone so this injury is all new to him. He left Georgia for his home in Dallas to see a specialist. Unfortunately it wasn’t a clean break so that might complicate the healing process. At this point he is unsure if it will require surgery.
While it might have been all the pain medication flowing through his system, Sundt was upbeat and optimistic.
“It takes the average rider four to six weeks [to heal] so I should be back on the bike in two.”