British Olympic team pursuit star Ed Clancy slips disc in his back while lifting a heavy bag


British track star Ed Clancy has been forced to rest for two weeks after a ‘freak accident’ resulted in him slipping a disc in his back.

Clancy will now have to miss October’s European Track Championships in Switzerland, which were scheduled to be an important step in the 30-year-old’s pathway towards the Track World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

“He did a fantastic four weeks’ endurance training where he went to the maximum,” said Great Britain track coach Heiko Salzwedel. “He really came out of the Tour of Britain in good shape but very tired.

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“When you’re tired it affects your muscle. It was just one of those freak things, he just turned to pick up his bag and his disc slipped.”

Clancy is seeking qualification and selection to contest the team pursuit and omnium. Clancy helped Great Britain to gold in the team pursuit in the 2008 and 2012 Games, and also claimed bronze in the Omnium in London.

After resting for two weeks and resuming training, Clancy will return to competition at the opening round of the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, starting on October 30.

Clancy faces stiff competition in qualifying for a place in the 2016 Olympics’ omnium, as Mark Cavendish has returned to the boards with an eye on Olympic qualification.

  • Dave2020

    “It was just one of those freak things.” I doubt that. The root cause is probably an asymmetry in spinal posture caused by BC’s stressful weight-lifting regimes. These conditions so easily become chronic, and anyway, Ed should know better than to pick up even light things by bending at the waist. It would be very telling to make a list of the training injuries suffered by riders in the ‘care’ of BC coaches.

    “To my mind, we were overtrained at the worlds,” says Clancy. “We worked too hard if anything and went there completely burnt out. I’ll argue that to the bitter end. We were tired, and it was unfair that a few of the guys got that stick.” Daily Telegraph. 18 Jul 2014. Have those responsible taken a blind bit of notice?

    “As this was always meant to be a training camp rather than a racing trip, the team aren’t looking to taper at all ahead of this weekend’s grand prix (which will be held at the same track in Cottbus). Instead, they will hit the gym and train through to the weekend’s racing with the eye on peak conditioning for the Commonwealth Games.” – Iain Dyer, 23 June 2014.

    Commonwealth Games. 24-27 July 2014. . . .

    “Shane Sutton, the head of British Cycling, defended England’s poor Commonwealth Games performance on the track, revealing that his team never planned to be on peak form in Glasgow.” and “Conceding that the majority of the team were ‘still heavy’ from gym strengthening work.”!

    Will this comment (the painful truth) survive censorship? These guys should have got wisdom many years ago.

  • ummm…

    i think somebody should be investigating ties between that bag and mark cavendish.