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Video: Team Canada's huge crash at the Track Cycling World Championships

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Cycling fans may be aware that the Track Cycling World Championships are currently taking place in Hong Kong, with teams from across the world competing to enter the tournament proper, to stake a claim at some medals.

The tournament is currently in its qualification rounds, and in the team pursuit event something big has happened.

During the men's tie between Canada and New Zealand, the Canadian team found themselves in a spot of bother, causing a huge crash that damaged the track as well as the team's hopes of any medals.

The crash seemed to happen because of the New Zealand team's overtaking manoeuvre, which saw the two teams get too close to each other, causing the front wheel of the Canadian team to clip the back wheel of the New Zealand wheel.

You can watch the video by clicking here.

Ouch.

Luckily, it looks like no on in the Canadian team was seriously injured in this crash, which is incredible considering its size and the damage it did not only to the bicycles, but also the track itself.

You can see tournament officials patching the crack in the track up with some form of strong sticky tape. Hopefully, this is good enough to ride at speeds on, as any potential crack could cause more crashes just like this one.

This crash just shows the fine margins between staying upright on your bike and being knocked off of it, when moving at speed. Just the slightest clip against anything else could prove fatal, maybe not for the cyclist, but almost certainly for their bike.

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The Canadian team's ego looked more damaged than their bodies to be honest. Walking off looking annoyed at themselves for the almighty crash they caused. The crash likely means we won't be seeing much else of the Canadian men's team at this year's event, too, which began today.

In this year's event at Hong Kong, the Great British team will be hopeful of retaining their table-topping form of last year's event in London, in which they won five gold medals, but will have to do so without several star names.

For ten of the 20-strong British squad, this year's event represents their World Championship debut. Jason and Laura Kenny will miss out whilst they are expecting their first child, Bradley Wiggins has retired, and Mark Cavendish has decided to focus on road racing instead.

It will be interesting to see how this new-look British cycling team performs, but at the very least, they'll all be hoping they don't meet the unfortunate fate of the Canadian men's pursuit team.

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