Last Updated: May 30, 2012 9:56am
Shanaze Reade: Crashed in the quarter-finals
Three-time champion Shanaze Reade was eliminated from the BMX World Championships after a crash at the quarter-final stage.
The 23-year-old from Crewe advanced serenely to the quarter-final and appeared set to progress after a strong start only to tumble to the dirt while leading the field.
Four riders advanced to the semi-final and despite returning to her saddle quickly, Reade, who won time-trial silver yesterday, was knocked out.
Abbie Taylor, who squeezed through qualifying to join Reade in the knockout rounds, was also eliminated.
British Cycling BMX coach Grant White said: "She was going bloody fast into the first corner, tried to take a nice tight line and just slipped out - the traction just wasn't there.
"She was in a great mindset, really enjoying herself. She said after she fell off 'I'm not enjoying it anymore today'.
"I don't think anyone would enjoy going into the first corner at 50kph and sliding off on the tarmac.
"She's scuffed up, she's got skin off of everywhere and I think that's a reasonable comment to make in that position."
In the men's competition, Liam Phillips crashed heavily and left the track on a stretcher.
The Somerset rider suffered a shoulder injury and went to hospital for an X-ray to determine the full extent of the problem.
The Olympic BMX competition takes place on August 8 and if Phillips is unfit to ride the host nation place would likely be filled by an academy rider.
White added: "It was a massive impact. He was in a lot of pain and there was quite a bit of swelling.
"We've just got to keep our fingers crossed at the moment."
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