20 Jan 2013

Bozzone forced out of Ironman 70.3

5:04 am on 20 January 2013

The 2008 World champion Terenzo Bozzone has been forced out of Sunday's inaugural Ironman 70.3 Auckland race.

The North Harbour-based athlete has not recovered sufficiently from injuries after crashing during his final training ride in Albany on Thursday.

The 27-year-old says he is devastated to withdraw from the Asia Pacific Championship event in his hometown.

The accident happened to Bozzone when a driver opened a car door into his path while cycling, crashing heavily.