Sprinter Bryan Coquard hospitalised after training crash

Bryan Coquard will miss the Ruta del Sol after being taken to hospital following a crash in training

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Direct Energie sprinter Bryan Coquard will miss this week's Ruta del Sol after being taken to hospital following a training crash.

The French team announced on their website (opens in new tab) on Tuesday afternoon that Coquard was taken to hospital in Spain, where his injuries seemed to be "relatively serious".

Coquard was due to line up for Direct Energie - formerly Europcar (opens in new tab) - at the Tour of Andalucia, which starts on Wednesday, but will now take part in the race.

Direct Energie also stated that Coquard's chances of racing in Paris-Nice (opens in new tab), which takes place in the first week of March, are also compromised.

The 23-year-old won the first two stages at the Etoile de Besseges at the start of February on his way to winning the points jersey. He followed it up with fourth place at the Clasica de Almeria on Sunday.

Coquard could have eyes on track success at the Rio Olympic Games in August, having won silver in the omnium in London four years ago. His is also reigning world Madison champion.

His participation in the Track World Championships in London next month (opens in new tab) was not confirmed, but this accident will likely rule him out of contention.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.