Ballarat cyclist Liam White has been injured in a chaotic crash with a police motorbike during a race in New South Wales.
The crash, which took place on the final day of the Australian National Road Series event on Sunday, left a group of Australia's best cyclists in hospital and forced the cancellation of the race.
Among those injured was White, who will require surgery on his shoulder to repair a damaged shoulder blade and acromioclavicular (AC) joint.
About 10 cyclists and the police officer were injured in the incident.
IN OTHER NEWS
It has been reported that the police motorbike was stopped in the middle of the road around a tight corner, allowing a local resident out of their driveway.
According to SBS Cycling Central, the group of cyclists were doing up to 60km/h when they smashed into the motorbike, causing a large spill.
White's brother Nick, who was third wheel when the incident took place, said the bike was trying to stop a car that had pulled out onto the road when the incident took place.
"The motorbike was pulling over to stop a car and pulled over in front of the peloton," he said.
"A few swerved but someone went straight into the back of it and the rest was history."
Nick clipped the motorbike but managed to keep control of his bike.
Among the most severely injured was Ben Carman, who suffered a compound fracture to the leg and was placed in an induced coma.
Nick confirmed his brother would arrive back in Ballarat on Monday and would undergo surgery later this week. Despite the injuries, Nick said Liam would not be sidelined too long..
The incident took place on the final stage of the Australian National Road Series. White had won a previous stage of the event to finish the series seventh, while brother Nick finished third. His team Bridglane claimed the overall teams win.
Police are investigating the incident.
The Courier has tried contacting Liam White.
If you are seeing this message you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and allowing us to continue telling Ballarat's story. We appreciate your support of journalism in our great city.