Aspiring Olympians recovering after crash

Eurosport - Sat, 08 May 08:49:00 2010

Five aspiring British Olympic cyclists are recovering after having suffered injuries including broken bones in an accident with a car in Belgium.

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Olympic Academy Programme members Hannah Mayho, Lucy Martin, Katie Colclough, Emma Trott and Sarah Reynolds were cycling between Brakel and Oudenaarde when struck by the vehicle.

Mayho, 19, has undergone surgery after breaking her leg and her right arm and wrist.

British Cycling said she is making satisfactory progress following the operation at a hospital in Oudenaarde, during which her left leg was pinned.

The organisation added that they expect her to be back on her feet later on Saturday.

"Hannah’s broken right arm and wrist are in a plaster cast," a statement read. "She is likely to stay at the hospital for another week. Her parents and coach Simon Cope, who are with her, have reported she is feeling positive."

20 year-old Lucy Martin from Cheshire, who suffered a cracked vertebra, is resting at the Academy House under the supervision of the GB Cycling Team doctor. 20 year-old Katie Colclough from Lincolnshire, who suffered concussion, is expected to be discharged from hospital on Saturday.

Twenty-year-old Emma Trott from Hertfordshire, who suffered a broken collarbone and a black eye, has already been released from hospital, as has 18 year-old Sarah Reynolds who hurt her hand and cut her chin in the crash.

The five girls were injured at about 10:30 on Friday morning when a car pulled out of a junction.

Simon Cope, the Olympic Academy Programme Coach who was present at the scene of the accident, said: “We are all feeling much more positive today. All the people here have been really great and have rallied around to help us."


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