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Keirin crash mars track cycling exhibition

Five cyclists, including Rio Olympians Nathan Hart and Pat Constable, have crashed out of the men's keirin at the Track Down Under exhibition event.

Keirin crash mars track cycling exhibition

Five cyclists, including Rio Olympians Nathan Hart and Pat Constable, have crashed out of the men's keirin at the Track Down Under exhibition event.

World champion track cyclist Matthew Glaetzer is the only rider who didn't crash out of a men's keirin race at the Track Down Under.

Rio Olympians Pat Constable and Nathan Hart, Jacob Schmid, Tom Cornish and Matthew Richardson all needed medical attention at the Adelaide Superdrome on Friday night.


The pileup happened as the riders jockeyed for position behind Glaetzer on the home straight with one lap left.

Glaetzer coasted home to the easiest of wins, riding past the crashed riders as event medical staff rushed to them.

It was the second race on the program of the Track Down Under, an exhibition event held in conjunction with the Tour Down Under road race.

The program was held up for several minutes as the wooden track received running repairs.

Constable, Hart, Richardson and Schmidt are all scheduled to ride in World Cup rounds in New Zealand and Hong Kong ahead of next month's world championships.

None of the riders appeared to be badly hurt, but plenty of skin was lost.

Glaetzer will defend his world sprint title in Poland.

The night also featured top women's sprinters Stephanie Morton and Kaarle McCulloch, who scorched in a motor-paced 200m time trial.

Morton clocked 9.658 seconds and McCulloch was the only other rider to go under 10 seconds with 9.964.

Glaetzer also impressed in his motor-paced 200m time trial, clocking 9.155, while Morton dominated the women's keirin.

Italian Olympic track gold medallist Elia Viviani and Dane Michael Morkov, who will ride for Deceuninck-Quick Step in the Tour Down Under, also returned to their track roots and competed on Friday night.

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