x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Hoy hopes to be back on the saddle soon

The battered and bruised triple-Olympic champion vowed to do "everything that I can" to try to be fit for the World Championships in six weeks.

Sir Chris Hoy, right, gets medical aid after he crashed during a World Cup meeting in Copenhagen at the weekend.
Sir Chris Hoy, right, gets medical aid after he crashed during a World Cup meeting in Copenhagen at the weekend.

A battered and bruised Sir Chris Hoy vowed to do "everything that I can" to try to be fit for the World Championships in six weeks. The cyclist admits he is still "pretty sore" and does not know when he will be back on the bike after crashing out of a World Cup meeting in Denmark at the weekend. The Scot, 32, said that defending his three world titles ? the sprint, keirin and the team sprint ? still remains his goal. "Going to the Worlds and defending them ? that is my main aim for the season," he said. "I will be doing everything that I can, but I have got to be realistic and wait and see. "I'm lucky that I have got a good team and good medical support, but I will still just have to wait and see." Hoy lay motionless on the track after falling in his first competition since winning a hat-trick of gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. He bruised his shoulder and hip, but luckily x-rays showed no broken bones. His custom-made bike was left a twisted wreck after he crashed at 40mph, "I am getting better," Hoy said. "I'm not back on the bike yet. I'm pretty sore. It could have been a lot worse. "At the moment, I have no idea when I will be back training and get back on the bike. "The problem is that there is a lot of swelling, and it is difficult to get a proper prognosis, particularly around the knees and hips, where there could be damage, but it is difficult to see. "I just need to try and get in shape for the World Championships next month." With time against him to try to fend off his rivals at the World Championships in Poland, he has not yet scrapped plans to compete at a Revolution meeting in Manchester this weekend. "I've not ruled it out completely," Hoy added. "I have to look forward, because I know things can change really quickly. "In the space of 24 hours, I have gone from being in a wheelchair to being on crutches, and now I am walking around." *PA Sport