We’ve not seen the best of Chloe Dygert since her horror crash in the 2020 World Championships time trial in Imola. In that race, she left the road and suffered a deep tear above her knee from a road barrier stanchion. Since then, we’ve seen her race sparingly in her ongoing long-term recovery. 26th at Omloop het NIeuwsblad at the start of 2022, we didn’t see her at another UCI race all year. The Epstein-Barr virus was also to blame as well.
Now though, Dygert has had surgery to remove scar tissue the body has produced around the original injury. The goal from the surgery was the make Dygert completely pain-free and the early signs are good. It looks like the operation has been a success and hopefully, the American is seen back in the peloton more often in 2023.
“I thought I would always have to go through life with the pain, but the surgery took that away. That is amazing. It’s been two years where I haven’t been able to do the things I wanted to do, but I can’t control that. I could sit here like a baby and complain, but that won’t change anything, It’s great, I’m no longer in pain. I thought my life would always look like this, with the pain, but this surgery took all that away. I couldn’t be happier.”Chloe Dygert