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Hoy crashes in preparation for Worlds

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) will be handicapped going into the World Championships. But will it stop him?

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) will be handicapped going into the World Championships. But will it stop him? (Image credit: John Pierce)

Sir Chris Hoy will be going into the World Track Championships next month (March 25-29 in Pruskow, Poland) at less than full strength, following a crash this weekend in the keirin finals of the World Cup track meet in Copenhagen.

On Saturday evening, Hoy touched wheels with French rider Kevin Sireau, and went down. He suffered bruising on his shoulder and side and a bruised hip, but X-rays showed no fractures.

The 32-year-old flew home and was able to walk without the crutches the hospital had given him.

"He's still feeling pretty sore but not too stiff which is a good sign," a British cycling spokesman told eurosport.uk.

Hoy is looking to defend his two world titles in the keirin and the sprint. He also won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, in the sprint, team sprint and keirin events.(SW)