Sarah Storey withdraws from World Cup after scans reveal accidental injuries


Dame Sarah Storey has been forced to withdraw from the Para Cycling Road World Championships after uncovering a fall last weekend with broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

The 17-time Paralympic gold medalist was due to defend her time trial title in Canada, but scans showed she had suffered more damage than originally thought after a fall at a World Cup race last Sunday.

Storey wrote on Instagram: “Sorry for the radio silence since my accident last Sunday, I have limited screen time to manage the symptoms of the concussion I suffered and the strategy has worked well.

“I had a plan to rest and recover, follow head injury protocol in terms of building up my ride time and hopefully allow myself to start the road time trial this morning.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t just the concussion that needed treatment and although the initial rib pain was manageable with paracetamol, that changed late Wednesday evening when I suddenly couldn’t breathe properly.

“A chest X-ray at the local emergency room confirmed at least two fractured ribs, but a subsequent ultrasound to check for a punctured lung was inconclusive.

“Yesterday a CT scan showed the fracture sites to be very inflamed and irritated but luckily it showed my left lung was intact. I wasn’t entirely sure though as I have a partially collapsed lung due to the fracture pain and inability to breathe deeply.

“I’m devastated that I won’t be on the starting line this morning. It’s always an honor to try to defend a title but unfortunately that can’t happen given my injuries.” Sarah Storey withdraws from World Cup after scans reveal accidental injuries

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