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Katie Archibald withdraws from Birmingham Commonwealth Games

Katie Archibald announced with a heavy heart to withdraw from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

With a very heavy heart, Katie Archibald decided to withdraw from the upcoming Commonwealth Games. She announced on social media yesterday, that she won't be able to start due to a lack of fitness.

"I scheduled time off in January this year to recover from shoulder surgery, but since then I've managed to fit in, unscheduled: a back fracture; covid; a concussion; a broken collarbone; another surgery; and (the final cherry on top) two sprained ankles and a big ballooned leg."

Katie has had a very tough spring with many crashes and heavy injuries. After shoulder surgery in January, she broke two transverse processes of the vertebrae at the last stage at the Bloiezone Fryslan Tour. Katie recovered well from this heavy injury to just break her collarbone together with a concussion at the Nations Cup in Manchester in May. As this hasn't been enough so far, a driver struck her while training outside. The results were two injured ankles. In total, these injuries had been to much stress.

"I've tried my hardest to keep my head up, and I've certainly had enough support from @britishcycling@scottishcycling, and @ceratizit_wnt to do so, but I'm not coping. Representing Scotland means so much to me, but right now I'm simply not fit for the task."

Katie will take the time to heal and recover from the last months. For sure, she will cheer for her CERATIZIT-WNT team mates at the Tour de France avec Zwift and her Scottish team mates at the Commonwealth Games. 

We can't wait to have her back in the bunch.