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Bad luck plagues Australian cyclists

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Description: Melissa Hoskins, center left, of the Australian women's track cycling team, reacts after crashing during a training session inside the Rio Olympic Velodrome during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016.

The Australian Olympic cycling team is having a bad run of luck.

THE AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC CYCLING TEAM'S BAD RUN OF LUCK

JULY: Simon Gerrans, a key member of the road race team, breaks his collarbone in a Tour de France crash.

JULY: Kat Garfoot, a medal contender in the road time trial, falls ill and is unable to train for three weeks, effectively dashing her chances of a strong result.

EARLY AUGUST: Road time medal contender Rohan Dennis has a training crash in Rio and loses skin off his hand, but is otherwise OK.

AUGUST 6: Richie Porte, a medal contender, crashes out of the men's road race and suffers a shoulder fracture.

AUGUST 8: Melissa Hoskins is taken to hospital after the women's track endurance squad crash in training at the Olympic velodrome.

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