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Gutted Irvine out of Gran Fondo NI after fracturing hip

 

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland cyclist Martyn Irvine has been ruled out for five or six weeks after suffering a minor hairline fracture in his hip in a crash in Belgium.

Irvine, 31, was competing for team Aqua Blue Sport in the Baloise Belgium Tour event when he came off his bike in Stage One and sustained the injury.

The former World Championship silver medallist is currently receiving treatment in the team hospital in the Belgian city of Ghent.

Aqua Blue Sport tweeted a picture of the County Down man in a hospital bed giving a thumbs up after the incident yesterday.

It means Irvine will no longer be able to participate in next month's Gran Fondo Giro d'Italia Northern Ireland, while he is also set to miss the Tour de Suisse early next month.

"I am very disappointed and I am sad to leave the race so early," Irvine commented.

"The doctors have said to me that I should be recovered hopefully after five or six weeks of rest.

"I just want to thank the team, the medical staff on the race, the staff of University Hospital Gent and the many people who have sent me messages."

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