by Ronan Judge
CLARE cyclist Imogen Cotter is on the road to recovery after suffering serious injuries in a crash in Spain.
The Ruan woman says she feels lucky to be alive after suffering a broken arm and leg when she was hit by a vehicle while out cycling last week. The 28-year-old underwent surgery and is currently recovering from her injuries. She says she is “lucky to be alive”. In a Twitter post this week, Cotter said she was “hit at high speed by a van driving on the wrong side of the road.” “I feel incredibly lucky and also confused as to how I only walked away from this with a broken patella and far attired radius. Life is fragile and fleeting. Find the good in every day” she added.
In the aftermath of the incident, Cotter said she felt “lucky to alive”. “I’m just so grateful to still be here to write this. It could have been so much worse”, she added.
Photos shared by Cotter on social media showed the extent of the injuries and the extensive damage caused to her bike. The incident occurred in Spain where the Ruan woman has recently relocated. The Girona based cyclist races professionally with the Belgian UCI team, Planter Pura, on the second tier of professional women’s cycling. A talented runner and swimmer, Cotter won national running titles in cross country and track before joining Cycling Ireland’s taken transfer program in 2017. After years of steady progress, 2021 marked the highpoint so far in Cotter’s career when she won the national senior road race title.
The talented cyclist has also has ambitions of participating in the Tour de France and will be hoping to get back on the roads as soon as her recovery is complete.