Group 1 coach Troy Corstens has serious head injuries after crashing on his bike

Group 1 winning coach Troy Corstens faces a long road to recovery after being seriously injured in a cycling accident last weekend.

Corstens was left bloodied and bruised and had to be rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital after getting off his bike during a ride along the Yarra with friends on Saturday.

The prominent Victorian conditioner was knocked unconscious and had to be treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital.

It was later discovered that Corstens suffered skull and facial fractures, numerous facial lacerations as well as bruising to the brain.

He also has a broken thumb and several other bumps and bruises from this unfortunate incident.

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Corstens, who runs Malua Racing alongside his father Leon, continues to be monitored in hospital and has been cleared for brain surgery.

His condition has continued to improve over the past 24 hours, according to the team.

“While the first images of the accident are obviously distressing and the injuries are very concerning, Troy is doing well and is receiving the best advice and treatment to ensure he is back on deck as soon as possible,” said Leon Corstens in a stable. update.

Troy Corstens faces a long pass on the sidelines. Photo: Reg Ryan-Racing Photos via Getty Images

“We all thank you for the fantastic messages of support and thoughts for Troy, I know it means a lot to him and (Troy’s wife) Lauren and the family, but he has already given us the all clear and asked for his laptop to start working from the hospital until he gets home.

“But we are also aware that in the event of an accident involving a brain injury, no matter how severe, we must work with and alongside the best doctors to enable a full recovery.”

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Corstens will remain in hospital for the next few days and is expected to need a significant spell on the sidelines to recover from his injuries.

Although physically still in bad shape, the team said Corstens remains “in good spirits” and is already determined to get back to work.

“Perhaps his ambitions for a modeling career are finally over, as are his Tour de France desires, but we can assure you that he is already involved in the preparation for our next Group 1 success and is planning a successful expansion for Malua in the next racing season,” added Léon Corstens.

Malua Racing will continue preparations until the next Spring Carnival in his absence, with Leon Corstens confirming he will be returning to the stable’s Flemington base to help with the morning fast gallops.

The Corstens yard has three runners at Ballarat on Tuesday with Imasuperstar (race four), Gateaux (race six) and Predetermined (race eight) all among the acceptors.

Maria R. Newman