A Fitting Win at the Mayor's Challenge

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A Fitting Win at the Mayor's Challenge

Byline: Steve Zalusky szalusky@dailyherald.com

Call it coincidence. Or call it poetic justice.

Call it what you will, Team Leinie won the Mayor Challenge bicycle race Sunday morning at the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove.

The first Team Leinie member to cross the finish line was Dr.

Jay Chauhan, the doctor who helped Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig

Johnson after his bike accident June 29.

Johnson was riding with about 15 bicyclists near Cosman Road when he fell off his bike and his head hit the pavement.

Even though he had a bike helmet on, he suffered a concussion, a punctured lung, a broken collar bone, five broken ribs, a muscle tear in his hip joint, and numerous scrapes and cuts.

Johnson was unconscious for several minutes and was not breathing when Chauhan, a head and neck surgeon at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village and St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, found him.

Before Sunday's race, Johnson greeted Chauhan, referring to "Dr. Jay" as the man who "really saved my life."

Then, as the riders gathered at the starting line, Johnson urged them to ride safely.

"This is the biggest field we have ever had, which is great," Johnson said.

"Remember, safety first. It's a fun race. No one's being paid big dollars."

Then, he added, "With that being said, may Team Mayor win," which earned him a few boos.

Sunday marked Team Leinie's third-straight victory in the Mayor's Challenge race.

It was Chauhan's first top finish in a long time.

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