Cycling tour rider crashes

A cyclist taking part in a tour of Tasmania was taken to hospital after a crash this morning.

The 59-year-old South Australia man crashed on a downhill section of the Lyell Highway, about two kilometres north-west of Wayatinah.

He and a group of cyclists from South Australia were taking part in a 10-day charity ride, 'Tour of Tasmania'.

He was treated at the scene by a doctor who was visiting the state from Western Australia.

He was taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter about 11am, where he is being treated for facial and spinal injuries.

The highway was closed for about an hour as the man was treated at the scene.

The Westpac Helicopter crew would like to thank the doctor who stopped to help and the public who were delayed as the patient was treated and transported to the helicopter.