Australian cycling star Jay Vine thought he wouldn’t walk again after crash in Spain

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Australian cycling star Jay Vine has revealed he feared he’d never walk or “play with my kids” again as he took his first steps in recovery from a “scary” accident in Spain.

Vine remains hospitalised after the crash, which also took down reining Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard and double world champ Remco Evenepoel at the Itzulia Basque Country race last week.

Vine, 28, suffered a fractured skull and vertebrae in his high-speed spill into a roadside concrete ditch and his wife Bre, also a former cyclist who is pregnant with their first child, said it was a “miracle” he wasn’t injured more badly.

After a “scary” period of uncertainty about his future, Vine said he had started walking in his hospital room in Spain and had avoided long-term damage, but his recovery would be a “long road”.

“I’m tracking as well as can be expected, I have been able to walk around my room with the aid of a walker, and taking the first step was pretty emotional after what I’ve been through,” Vine said in an Instagram post.

“Just can’t believe that I will still be able to walk and play with my kids one day, it was pretty scary for a couple of days when we weren’t sure if surgery or neurological problems might present themselves.

“Long road ahead for my recovery, but I am looking forward to getting the process rolling.”

Vine didn’t need surgery on the injuries suffered in a high-speed spill on a descent and Bre stressed just how lucky he was.

“Across the past few days the doctors/specialists have stressed to us just how lucky Jay is to have ‘only’ these injuries, and nothing permanent/more life altering whilst explaining what could have happened,” she said.

“Which to be honest was daunting for us both to hear, we knew how close he was, but having it properly explained definitely puts things into perspective – Jay is VERY lucky.

“Don’t get me wrong, multiple fractured vertebrae and a fractured skull is very serious, but the fact that Jay didn’t do more damage is honestly a miracle.

“Jay has been able to take his first few steps! As you can imagine there was a big wave of emotions from both of us when he was upright and able to step forward (very carefully).

“Even our little baby was excited that Jay was walking, so much so, Jay could feel them kicking in my belly for the first time.”