Toms Skujins (Cannondale-Drapac) returned to racing Wednesday following his high-profile crash last month at the Tour of California that stirred controversy when a neutral support mechanic pushed the obviously disoriented rider back into the race.
Skujins finished second Wednesday in the Latvian time trial championship to Aleksejs Saramotins (Bora-Hansgrohe), who covered the 33km course in Baldone 30 seconds faster than Skujins and 38 seconds faster than third-placed Krists Neilands (Cycling Academy).
Skujins has been out of competition since crashing out of the Tour of California during stage 2 while following fellow breakaway riders on a descent. The 26-year-old Latvian fractured his clavicle in the crash, but the more obvious injury was the concussion that caused the team to pull up alongside the rider and coax him out of the race after he had remounted and continued to chase. Skujins was later diagnosed with the fracture and concussion.
“It’s definitely the biggest crash I’ve had,” he said. “It was my first broken collarbone and my first concussion. It was also the most visible crash I’ve ever had.”
Skujins sat out the Tour de Suisse as he recovered in his US base of Boulder, Colorado., waiting for the fracture to heal and undergoing the team’s concussion protocol.
“It got better quickly after the first week,” Skujins said of his shoulder. “At the tail-end of the second week, I was able to ride again. I did a cognitive test and was given the clearance to ride the trainer.”
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