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Sad news reaches us from Team Atherton today - we were really looking forward to seeing Dan take on the EWS at 100% fitness, but hopefully the set-back is relatively minor and he'll be ready for round 2. Get well soon Dan!

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GT Factory Racing’s Enduro rider Dan Atherton will miss EWS1 in Chile due to a hairline fracture to his tibia.

Earlier this week Dan walked away from a spectacular OTB in Finale Ligure with only sore legs to show for it.

Dan diving through trees.

But on Thursday afternoon Dan was on a training ride trying to spin out his sore legs when he took another fall that caused a hairline fracture to his tibia.

Recent high winds in the UK have left many trails strewn with large branches and uprooted trees. Dan said “I was coming round a corner on a descent and a fallen tree was sticking out onto the trail – I tried to dodge it but unfortunately it caught me just below the knee pad, knocking me off my bike. I’m devastated as I’ve never felt more ready to start a season but I’m hopeful that I’ll be back on the bike very quickly.”

Team Director Dan Brown said “Dan’s fracture is fairly minor in itself but because of its position and the huge forces that go through a mountain biker’s knees we need to handle it with care. Thankfully we have Harris and Ross’ Injury Management Team in place so all necessary X-rays and scans were completed in record time and the decision has been made to operate as soon as the swelling recedes. A full rehab programme is already being planned.”

GT Factory Racing will be represented in Round 1 of the Enduro World Series by 2013’s Overall Junior Champion Martin Maes.

Photo by Sven Martin

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