Sir Chris Hoy has been forced to withdraw from the European Track Championships with a chest infection this morning, shortly after competing in the men’s sprint qualifying.
Hoy, who entered the competition in fine form after a hat-trick of wins at the National Track Championships, had also competed in the men’s team sprint on Friday in Apeldoorn, Holland.
Speaking after the decision, Performance Manager Shane Sutton said: “He got up this morning, he hasn’t been feeling too well. He warmed up, was a bit dizzy on the rollers, got through qualifying but he wasn’t right and after an examination with the doctor we have decided to withdraw him.
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“He has got a chest infection, he’s had this lingering for about a week. It’s best to stop now, recuperate and get ready for Kazakhstan.
“He’ll be disappointed, he was looking forward to the run-out, he went well going into the Nationals, it’s just one of them hurdles you have to jump, I’m sure he’ll be back for Kazakhstan."