Sir Chris Hoy pulls out of Euro Track Cycling with chest infection

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has pulled out of track cycling's European Championships.

The 35-year-old Scot withdrew with a chest infection as Saturday's individual sprint began and is very unlikely to compete in Sunday's keirin.

"Chris got up not feeling well. He was dizzy in the warm-up and after a doctor's exam we decided to withdraw him," said GB coach Shane Sutton.

He's had this lingering for about a week but he went quite deep yesterday, in the team sprint, and that one effort probably pushed him over the edge

Shane Sutton British Cycling head coach

"He'll be disappointed - he was looking forward to the run-out here."

Hoy finished a lowly fifth in Friday's team sprint alongside team-mates Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton after Kenny's wheel slipped at the start of their qualifying run.

At the time he gave no hint of his condition - "on the plus side my lap was quick, so all I can do is focus on tomorrow," he wrote on Facebook - but Sutton confirmed Hoy has had the infection for some time.

"The doctor says he's wheezing quite a lot and has blocked sinuses," said Sutton.

"He's had this lingering for about a week but he went quite deep yesterday, in the team sprint, and that one effort probably pushed him over the edge.

CHRIS HOY'S OLYMPIC YEAR

  • Won trio of national titles at start of October to begin final season before London 2012 in style
  • Struggled to fifth place in Euro team sprint on Friday after team-mate Jason Kenny's wheel slipped at start
  • Withdrew from individual sprint after initial qualifying stage on Saturday, citing chest infection
  • Is expected to be fit to compete at World Cup in Kazakhstan next month
  • Major targets after that will be Olympic test event , which doubles as a World Cup, in London in February, and World Championships in Melbourne a month later

"It's best for him to stop now, go home, recuperate and get ready for [the next World Cup race in] Kazakhstan."

Hoy will miss out on Olympic qualification points that had been on offer at the Euros, in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn, but Britain is so well-placed in the Olympic rankings that his withdrawal here will have no impact on GB's Olympic fortunes.

Even suffering illness, Hoy had qualified fourth-fastest in the individual sprint in Saturday's opening session before deciding to withdraw.

Kenny, sixth-fastest in qualifying, will fly the flag for Great Britain in the men's sprint competition having reached the semi-finals.

Team-mates Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were both eliminated from the women's individual sprint, Varnish exiting in the last 16 before Ukraine's Lyubov Shulika defeated Pendleton in a best-of-three quarter-final.