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Killeen tests his form

Trek World Racing rider Liam Killeen

Trek World Racing rider Liam Killeen (Image credit: Alvaro Astiz)

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Trek World Racing's Liam Killeen returned to competition last weekend at round four of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Madrid. Killeen was recovering from a back injury that kept him out of the last two rounds of the World Cup.

According to team management, treatment for the injury has been steadily addressing the problem, but Killeen still has some way to go. The British cross country rider said he felt better in Madrid that he did at the World Cup in South Africa, but that his overall fitness was down due to the time lost on the bike in recent weeks.

Despite being held up by a crash on lap one that cost him 30 places, Killeen climbed steadily through the field to finished a solid 19th. Killeen plans to take another few weeks off from racing to focus on his fitness and training at home while he prepares for rounds five and six of the World Cup in Canada in July and August.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.