Martyn Irvine on road back after crash
Can Martyn Irvine's 2013 get any more eventful? The World Champion cyclist from Newtownards was recovering today following a crash on the track in a prestigious race in Belgium.
Coming off his bike on the first night of competition in the Ghent Six Day on Tuesday, Irvine left the velodrome on a stretcher and was taken to hospital before being released having sustained leg muscle injuries.
There were fears it could have been a lot worse.
The 28-year-old has never known a year like it.
Anything that could happen to him has happened
At the start of the year he created history by becoming World Champion in Belarus in the 15k Scratch Race with a sensational performance. He also took home a silver medal from the same meeting thanks to a storming effort in the Individual Pursuit race.
Riding high, Irvine saw the other side of the sport one month later in March when competing for his American-based road team in Taiwan he fell off the bike and broke his hip.
That meant months of rehabilitation and time away from competition. He took advantage by getting married and since returning to action he's been in outstanding form, taking bronze in the multi-disciplined Omnium event at the Track Cycling European Championships in Holland and then gold in the recent World Cup Points race in Manchester.
Irvine had been partnering Danish rider Marc Hester in Ghent with the pair up against some of the top names in the six day format, in which various types of racing takes place.