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British cyclists hurt in Belgium car collision

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Three of the riders were part of British Cycling's Olympic programme

Five British female cyclists have been injured in a collision with a car while training in Belgium.

Sporting body British Cycling said the accident happened between Brakel and Oudenaarde on Friday morning.

Hannah Mayho, Lucy Martin, Katie Colclough, Emma Trott and Sarah Reynolds were all treated in hospital.

Mayho, who came into direct contact with the vehicle, has broken both legs, her right arm and wrist and will undergo surgery.

Broken bones

Colclough suffered concussion and will be kept in hospital overnight, and Martin cracked a vertebra and has been advised to rest over the coming weeks.

Trott suffered a broken collarbone and black eye, while Reynolds hurt her hand and split her chin.

British Cycling said three of the riders were from its Olympic Academy Programme, whose coach Simon Cope is with them.

A spokesman said: "All families have been informed and the priority now is to bring the athletes back to the UK as soon as possible."



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