MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s Olympic road cycling medal hopes have suffered a blow with world silver medalist Simon Gerrans forced out of the Rio de Janeiro Games after breaking a collarbone at the Tour de France.
The 36-year-old Orica-BikeExchange rider underwent surgery in Barcelona over the weekend after being ruled out of the Tour following a crash.
He was set to be replaced by another rider in the Australian team at Rio, a Cycling Australia spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday.
Two-time Olympian Gerrans had been selected in the road race at Rio with BMC Racing rider Rohan Dennis and Richie Porte, a twice world champion in the team time trial.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly