Luckless Tasmanian cyclist Nicole Frain has thanked friends and family for their support since breaking her collarbone for the second time in eight months.
The Launceston-born 27-year-old was caught up in a huge crash during Saturday's Cadel Evans Women's Race near Geelong.
About 20 kilometres from the finish, more than 30 riders went down on a fast, wet descent.
Riding alongside fellow Tasmanian Anya Louw as part of the Korda Mentha Australian team, Frain repeated the injury she sustained last year in Belgium, while also suffering multiple cuts and bruises.
I'm not going to try and put a positive spin on this oneNicole Frain
She underwent surgery on her collarbone and elbow and also required skin grafts and further surgery on her finger.
"I am so lucky to have so many people that care," Frain said on Facebook.
"I'm not going to try and put a positive spin on this one today. Overall it just sucks and my goals have had to change again. I'm looking forward to having some luck on my side."
Frain grew up in Launceston and went to St Patrick's College before moving to Hobart for work.
She took up cycling in 2018 after stress fractures to her foot and hip curtailed her triathlon career.
Embracing a steep learning curve in the National Road Series with TIS Racing, she has since become Tasmanian road champion and continued the home state's impressive run at the Oceania Road Cycling Championships by claiming a silver medal in the elite women's time trial at Evandale.
She finished fifth in last year's Tour of Tasmania, sixth in the elite women's Stan Siejka Criterium and signed to ride with the Sydney University Women's Team in 2020.
At road nationals in January, Frain was eighth in the 28.6km individual time trial and 13th in the 104km road race.
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