Rohan Dennis almost saw his Olympic dreams dashed this week when he took a nasty spill on the Grumari circuit of the cycling courses.
The Australian rider hit a “blob” of cement on the course, but sustained no major injuries from his Monday morning fall.
“It was just a little training mishap,” Dennis said to the media in Rio.
“I am fine. There is just a little skin off. There is no internal damage; there are no bones broken or muscular problems. It was just a bit of misfortune.
“I was on the Grumari course and…I was fixing my glasses up and talking to Richie [Porte]. The cement truck drops a bit of cement on the ground and [when] it dries, it is just a blob. I just didn’t see it. It hit my front wheel, jacked my handlebars and I went straight down.
“I put my hand down to stop sliding, which wasn’t really the best thing to do but when I got up, I jumped up straight away and thought, ‘I’m fine’. Then I looked at my hand and there was a lot of skin off.
“That’s the main thing I need to get fixed. I have to hold on to my handlebars.”
Dennis will line up alongside his fellow Aussies Richie Porte and Simone Clarke on Saturday for the road race, but the 26-year old’s specialty is Wednesday’s time trial. He is Australia’s national champion in that discipline.
Dennis looks to add to his medal count in Rio. During the London 2012 games, the Australian team took the silver medal in the team pursuit.