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Cyclist critically injured in crash at Tempe

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Megan Levy

A cyclist has been critically injured in a crash with a car near a popular sports ground in Sydney's south, police say.

The 32-year-old man suffered major head and facial injuries in the collision on Holbeach Avenue in Tempe, next to the Tempe Recreation Reserve, on Tuesday night.

Police said the cyclist had been riding on the footpath but, when he joined Holbeach Avenue, he was involved in a collision with a Toyota Camry about 8.50pm.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the cyclist was wearing a helmet at the time, but he suffered critical head injuries.

He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he remained in a critical condition on Wednesday morning.

The 24-year-old driver of the car was not injured, and was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

Police set up a crime scene on Holbeach Avenue and forensic officers examined the scene.

The crash occurred on the same day that another cyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash with a garbage truck in Surry Hills.

The cyclist was trapped under a garbage truck for 30 minutes following the crash on the corner of Foveaux and Bellevue streets during Tuesday morning's peak hour.

He suffered multiple injuries, including a suspected fractured pelvis and lower limb fractures, and was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in a serious condition.

Tuesday night's crash occurred in the neighbouring suburb to St Peters, where two months ago cyclist Anthony Platts-Baggs was involved in a crash with an Australia Post truck.

The 27-year-old suffered two broken legs and was trapped under the truck for an hour before he was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Last month, a cyclist died when he was involved in a collision with a bus in Neutral Bay on Sydney's north shore.

And in March, seven cyclists were injured when they were struck by a vehicle on a Sunday morning ride on Southern Cross Drive at Eastlakes. The 27-year-old driver, from Caringbah in Sydney's south, has been charged with eight offences, including dangerous driving and negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, following that crash on March 16.

Police have urged anyone who saw Tuesday night's crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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