Sir Chris Hoy won't rush his recovery after Keirin crash

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British Cycling will have a clearer picture later this week of whether Sir Chris Hoy will be fit for next month's World Championships.

Sir Chris crashed heavily in the final of the Keirin at the Copenhagen World Cup on Saturday.

Asked if he will be fit in time for the Worlds in Pruszkow, Poland, at the end of March, British Cycling's sprint coach Iain Dyer said: "The truth at this stage is I don't know.

"He went to hospital on Saturday for x-rays and although nothing is broken his hip is bruised and he came out on crutches.

"The next few days will be pretty important, but it's too early to say at the moment. By the end of the week we may have a better idea.

"Our whole ethos is to prepare for the Olympic Games in 2012, and although that may seem a way off now, we won't risk his future health by trying to rush him back too soon.

"If he can ride the Worlds, then it will mean he's made a full recovery quickly enough to resume training in good time. If he has to miss out, then so be it."

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Lionel Birnie

Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.