Martyn Irvine suffers suspected fractured hip in Taiwan crash

Martyn Irvine with his gold medal at the World Track Championships

World track cycling champion Martyn Irvine's plans for 2013 have suffered a setback after he sustained a suspected fractured hip in Taiwan on Thursday.

Newtownards man Irvine crashed about 50km into Thursday's stage in the Tour of Taiwan.

Track star Irvine is also competing in road events for the American UnitedHealthcare team this season.

He was scheduled to compete in a number of US races after the Taiwan event but these plans are now in doubt.

Irvine, 27, became the first Irishman to win a World Track Championship cycling gold medal in 117 years in Belarus last month.

The Northern Ireland man followed his silver medal in the individual pursuit event by taking gold in the 15K scratch race.