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Northern Ireland cycling star Young 'lucky' to escape serious injury after car incident

By Jonathan Bell

A teenage Northern Ireland track cyclist just back from the Commonwealth Games has been injured after a car forced him off the road and through a barbed wire fence.

Xeno Young from Lisburn, who was named Belfast Telegraph Young Player of the Year at our sports awards in January, said it could have been much worse.

The 18-year-old posted a photo of his injuries on Facebook yesterday, adding: "Forced off the road and into a field by a careless driver today pulling out of his driveway.

"This isn't the first time I've been hit by a car and the sad reality of it is that it probably won't be the last.

"I'm lucky this time that I only landed through a barbed wire fence, the news could've been much worse had it been anything else.

"I just can't believe that this stuff still goes on."

Xeno's team, Powerhouse Sport, also tweeted about yesterday's incident. "The driver 'didn't see him'," Powerhouse tweeted, adding the hashtags 'share the road', 'open your eyes' and 'ouch'.

The team included a photograph of Xeno's arm showing a ripped sleeve and a cut just below the shoulder.

Xeno returned from the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast last week where he came 25th in the men's road race.

This came after he won a silver medal at the UEC Junior and Under-23 Track European Championships by finishing second in the Men's Junior Individual Pursuit in Portugal last July.

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