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British future talent in accident in 

Five members of British team including three from Olympic Academy Programme injured.

British Cycling announced that five female British riders, including three riders from its Olympic Academy Programme, were involved in a collision with a car at about 10:30 this morning while training in Belgium. 

Hannah Mayho, Lucy Martin, Katie Colclough, Emma Trott and Sarah Reynolds were out on a ride between Brakel and Oudenaarde when the accident took place. All five have since received medical treatment at a hospital in Oudenaarde. 

Hannah Mayho, who came into direct contact with the vehicle, was initially thought to have broken both her legs and her right arm and wrist. A second x-ray yesterday afternoon confirmed the 19 year-old from Bradford broke one and not two legs in the crash, as previously reported. Her left leg has been pinned in a successful procedure and she is expected to be on her feet later today. 

Hannah’s broken right arm and wrist are in a plaster cast. She is likely to stay at the hospital for another week. Her parents and coach Simon Cope, who are with her, have reported she is feeling positive. 

Katie Colclough who suffered concussion was kept in hospital overnight and is expected to be discharged from hospital today. Lucy Martin from Cheshire, who cracked a vertebra and has been advised to rest over the coming weeks. She is resting at the Academy House under the supervision of the GB Cycling Team doctor. 

Emma Trott from Hertfordshire, suffered a broken collarbone and a black eye and Sarah Reynolds hurt her hand and split her chin. Trott, has been released from hospital, as has 18 year-old Reynolds. 

Simon Cope, the Olympic Academy Programme Coach, is with the five riders in Belgium. All families have been informed and the priority now is to bring the athletes back to the UK as soon as possible. “We are all feeling much more positive today. All the people here have been really great and have rallied around to help us.”

Out thoughts go out to the riders and we wish them a speedy recovery - WCN

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