Nothing could wipe the smile off Ben Hill’s face on Christmas Day, even with the lingering reminders of a racing crash, seven damaged vertebrae, a ruptured appendix and visa delays in China.
In fact, Canberra-based cyclist Hill is feeling so good he’s starting to think about jumping back on his bike for the first time in almost two months.
Hill arrived back in Australia at 10am on Monday to spend Christmas with his family in Scone, marking the end of an seven-week ordeal that left in on the side of the road gasping for breath.
Hill crashed on slippery roads during the penultimate stage of the Tour of Hainan in November, veering off the course when his brakes locked up.
But what Hill thought was a safe landing strategy turned into a more than two-metre drop off the side of a mountain, leaving him with a compression fracture in seven vertebrae.
If the pain of a broken back and language barrier wasn’t hard enough, Hill also had issues with his lungs, his appendix ruptured and his visa expired before he even got out of hospital.
“I just couldn’t make it around the corner and slipped over the edge,” Hill said.
“It was initially supposed to be four weeks in hospital, but then after four weeks my appendix ruptured so that delayed everything another week. Unfortunately, Ben suffered a nasty crash in Stage 8 of the Tour of Hainan. He fractured his T-6 and T-8 and suffered contusions to his lungs. Fortunately, he is expected to make a complete recovery. However, he will spend the next 3 weeks in China receiving treatment until his spine is recovered enough to stay upright for a prolonged period of time. This is Ben keeping things positive as he is being wheeled to another building for an MRI scan. #fighterA post shared by Ben Hill (@ben_hill_procyclist) on Nov 9, 2017 at 12:56am PSTA post shared by David Hill (@sconephotographics) on Dec 24, 2017 at 6:22pm PSTThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.