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Dani King breaks five ribs, suffers collapsed lung, in training crash

Olympic champion says she's being well looked after by staff at hospital in Wales...

Olympic champion Dani King sustained five broken ribs and a collapsed lung on a training ride yesteday.

The 23-year-old from Hampshire, who rode alongside Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell to win team pursuit gold at London in 2012, broke the news in a post to Twitter today.

She wrote: “Crashed while out training yesterday resulting in 5 broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Being looked after by the amazing NHS ICU in Wales.”

King is hopeful to help Team GB defend its team pursuit title at Rio in two years’ time, but unlike Trott and Rowsell has chosen to stay at Wiggle Honda to further her road career.

Confirming last month that she would remain with the team, she also said she had elected not to ride on the track this winter.

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