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Becky James, Sir Chris Hoy and Anna Meares among those sending messages of support to Olympic champion

Stars of the track cycling world have sent messages of support to German sprinter Kristina Vogel after the two-time Olympic champion sustained serious spinal injuries in a crash during training yesterday.

Vogel had been training at the velodrome in Cottbus for the 28th edition of the German Sprint Grand Prix when the crash happened.

Germany’s national cycling federation, the BDR, said that the 27-year-old had been in a collision at high speed with another cyclist who was on the track at the same time.

The double Olympic and 11-time world champion was airlifted to hospital in Berlin and underwent several hours of surgery last night.

BDR sports director Patrick Moster, quoted on Rad-Sport.de earlier today, said that the organisation had not received any further update on Vogel’s condition, but added that it remained in contact with her family.

Miriam Welte, who partnered Vogel as Germany won team sprint gold at the London 2012 Olympics – the pair have also won the world championship in the event on four occasions – said she was left “shocked and stunned” when she heard about the crash.

“She’s in my thoughts and I hope everything goes well,” the 31-year-old said. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

"I contacted her partner Michael Seidenbecher and wrote that I am thinking about her.

"Kristina is an absolute fighter and a positive person, she has already come back after a serious accident,” added Welte, referring to an incident when Vogel was seriously injured when she was knocked off her bike by a police minibus in 2009 and spent two days in an induced coma.

Among those sending messages of support to Vogel on Twitter was the retired British track sprinter Becky James, who took the silver medal behind her in the sprint at the Rio Olympics in 2016, as well as Australian track legend Anna Meares and six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy.

 

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.