Commonwealth Games silver medallist Charline Joiner's hopes of riding for host nation Scotland this summer in Glasgow have received a setback after she fractured three bones in her spine in a crash in Girona, Spain.
Joiner, aged 25, came down following a touch of wheels with team-mate Kerry MacPhee, who suffered concussion and bruising following the incident on Saturday as they took part in a Team Scotland training camp, reports BBC Sport.
MacPhee said on Twitter on Tuesday evening that she should be back on her bike on Wednesday, and together with other members of the squad visited Joiner in hospital, where Scottish Cycling says she is “stable” and “making progress.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Joiner had tweeted: “Was just made 2 sit then stand with no painkillers... Hence I fainted with pain, never felt such pain. Give me strength, now on morphine."
Joiner only began cycling at the age of 19 and in 2010 won silver at Delhi in the team sprint alongside Jenny Davies, the pair being beaten in the final by Australia’s Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch. It was Scotland’s only track cycling medal of the Games.
Since then, she has switched to endurance events on the track, and also rides on the road for MG Maxifuel, competing in her first British Road Race Championship in Glasgow last June, finishing 16th.
Speaking about the Commonwealth Games to the Scottish Mail on Sunday last November, she said: “My plan is to do the points and scratch race – that’s what I’m aiming for.
“Potentially also the road race – I would love to be able to aid someone, depending on where I am with my fitness.
“I’d love to be able to be part of a team for a medal hope on the road – to be able to race for someone. I had a lot of experience of that this year, which was my first on the road.
“I managed to support the leading rider on the British series to win it, Hannah Barnes. Number one is track, though. Definitely.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.