Chris Hoy, British track national championships 2011, day four

Sir Chris Hoy has pulled out of the European track championships in Apeldoorn due to a chest infection.

The sprinter had ridden in sprint qualification this morning, posting a 10.177 second ride, fourth fastest, but knew he wasn't feeling right. "He hasn't been feeling too well. He warmed up, was a bit dizzy on the rollers, did the qualifying but he wasn't right," GB coach Shane Sutton explained. "After an examination from the doctor we decided to withdraw him."

"He's got a chest infection. The doctor said he's wheezing quite a lot, blocked sinuses etc. He's had this lingering for about a week. He went quite deep yesterday in the team sprint and it was probably that one effort that pushed him over the edge."

"He'll be disappointed, he was looking forward to the run out, it's just one of those little hurdles you've got to jump. he'll get back, get healthy and get back on the tools. I'm sure he'll be ready for Kazakhstan."

Follow Cycling Weekly on Twitter for regular updates from the Euro track champs.

Related links

British sprinters miss out on medal ride in team sprint

Great Britain's hattrick of gold on opening night

Euro track champs, day one gallery

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989, started racing in the UK in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. As editor of  Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races.