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Flyin' Ryan hits the skids

By Roger Vaughan 17/01/2005 08:28:57 PM Comments (0)

Dual Olympic gold medallist Ryan Bayley will know on Tuesday whether last weekend's crash will end his world track cycling championship campaign.

Bayley will meet with Australian track team doctor Peter Barnes after suffering two cracked ribs and shoulder and hip injuries last Saturday at the Rockhampton Cup on Wheels.

"I have to see what the doctor says - obviously, it puts a question mark on everything," said national head track coach Martin Barras.

"It's pretty disheartening, that's probably the best way to put it."

Bayley's first serious competition after his gold medals at the Athens Games was to be the February 7-12 national track championships in Adelaide, followed by the February 18-20 Sydney round of the World Cup before the worlds in Los Angeles from March 23-27.

He was named the 2004 Australian cyclist of the year after leading this country's unprecedented Olympic success with golds in the track sprint and keirin.

Bayley had also crashed heavily in training 10 days before last month's LA round of the world cup.

While Barras was disappointed arguably his best rider was suffering such woeful luck, he pointed out the first year of this new Olympic cycle was always going to be of lesser importance.

"It looks as though it's one of those years," Barras said.

"But we weren't expecting too much from him - his next really big objective was always going to be the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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