PureBlack Racing cyclist Michael Torckler is in hospital after a collision with a car in what is reported to be a hit and run accident during a training ride in California this morning.
PureBlack Racing Business Director, Greg Cross, said Michael has improved since being admitted to hospital in critical condition and is now listed as serious but stable condition in intensive care.
“The best news today is his life is no longer in danger but he has suffered multiple fractures to his head, which will require surgery in the days ahead. Michael is a hugely talented cyclist and New Zealander and our thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family,” said Greg.
The rest of the PureBlack Racing Team, who are currently in Canada, is understandably shocked and devastated at what has happen to their teammate and friend.
Michaels’ parents are on route to California to be with Michael through his recovery.
Local police are said to be talking with a passenger from the car and the driver who fled the scene of the accident.
“We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of the family. We will provide an update on his condition in due course,” said Greg.