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Cross weekend for Getränke Hoffman

Steffi Pohl of Getränke Hoffman was not as seriously injured in a training accident last week as first feared, and went on to win a regional race, Citycross von Hainholz, on Sunday. Pohl, currently sits seventh in the UCI rankings after taking sixth in the Kalmthout World Cup - a promising performance for the 20 year-old. But her season nearly came to an end after a crash during training saw Pohl fly through the air for several metres before landing heavily. Pohl went to a Berlin hospital where she was treated for head injuries, scrapes and bruises before being sent home.

The weekend races were planned as a careful return to action for her, but things worked out otherwise. "It surprised me that things went so well," she said. "I know that I should still take care of myself, but of course I am very happy that I got back in shape so quickly and had so much luck and that I got well again so fast."

Her team-mate Birgit Hollman won the Cross am Galenberg Saturday. Pohl and Hollman are preparing for the Cyclo-Cross European Championships next weekend in Switzerland. Hollman finished fifth there in 2005 and seventh last year. It will be Pohl's first appearance. (SW)

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