Norfolk cycling star Victoria Williamson set for surgery following crash in Rotterdam

Victoria Williamson is recovering in hospital after a collision during a race in Rotterdam. Photo: S

Victoria Williamson is recovering in hospital after a collision during a race in Rotterdam. Photo: Steve Adams

Norfolk cyclist Victoria Williamson is preparing for surgery on her hip and spine, following a nasty crash during a race in Holland.

The 22-year-old, originally from Hevingham, suffered a fractured pelvis and vertebrae and a severe cut to her right side during a sprint heat at the Rotterdam Six-Day event on Saturday night.

Williamson now faces uncertainty about her availability for this summer's Rio Olympics, which begin in August.

Her father, Mark, has said it is 'too early' to know if his daughter will recover in time but has provided a further update on her condition this morning.

Using his Twitter account, @mpwill64, Mr Williamson said: 'Plan to operate tomorrow on hip joint and lower spine. If successful fly home Friday. More lucid but still hurts a lot!'

Williamson suffered her injuries in a collision with Dutch rival Elis Ligtlee, who was sent home after scans revealed she had not fractured her skull or cheekbone.

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Racing at Rotterdam's Zesdaagse was cancelled after the crash, with fans asked to leave the velodrome.

Williamson, who now lives in Manchester, won silver in the team sprint and bronze in the individual sprint at the UEC Under-23 and Junior European Track Championships in Athens last July.

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She was also part of the British team which won bronze in the team sprint at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk in 2013.

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