Following medical advice, Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan will not start Sunday’s road race at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Ewan underwent surgery last Monday to remove a surgical plate from his collarbone. The plate had been inserted last year after Ewan crashed at the 2021 Tour de France.
The timing of the surgery, while unfortunate, was necessitated by ongoing shoulder issues.
It was hoped that Ewan would recover in time to contest the road race, but it is now apparent that he will be unable to take to the start line in Warwick.
“I’m devastated that I won’t be able to represent Australia in the green and gold this weekend, but after talking with my doctors it’s clear that I need to make the difficult decision to prioritise my health,” Ewan said.
“I’ll be watching the race on television and hoping the team can get the job done for Australia.”
Australia will contest the men’s road race with five riders: Rohan Dennis, Luke Durbridge, Luke Plapp, Miles Scotson and Sam Fox.