Steven Burke suffers broken collarbone after crash in Mallorca

Broken Collarbone: Steven Burke
Broken Collarbone: Steven Burke

Double Olympic gold medalist Steven Burke is due to undergo surgery on a broken collarbone today - but plans to return next month for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Paris.

Burke crashed in training for the time trial in Mallorca on Sunday, but the Colne Cyclone, 26, was immediately looking at a quick recovery.

He said: “I’m really disappointed to be injured at this stage of the season, but I’ve been in the gym, and hope to be back training on the turbo this week.

“I aim to be back on the track as soon as possible so that I can resume training for the Track World Championships at the end of

February.”

The Worlds take place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines from February 18th to the 22nd, and is a realistic target for Burke - who will be a founder member of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ new team, to be launched in spring.

British Cycling’s technical director Shane Sutton explained: “The accident on Sunday was unfortunate, particularly as Steve had been

showing some great form of late, but these things do happen and we have an excellent team of people who will help Steve get back to full fitness as soon as possible.”

Burke helped win gold in the team pursuit at the last two Olympics, in Beijing in 2008 and London 2012, adding bronze in the individual pursuit in China.

He also boasts four team pursuit World Championship medals – one gold, two silver and one bronze.