Julien Camillini won't race mountain bike world championships

Hand injury still plaguing French downhiller

French downhiller Julien Camillini (Chain Reaction Cycles/Intense) will not take part in this year's UCI Mountain Bike World Championships due to injury, his team has confirmed.

Camillini injured his hand during the third round of the UCI World Cup in Andorra in May. He crashed after slipping on a root in the final and broke his metacarpal bone. He had an operation to reset it and insert a screw to hold the bone together, but that caused him too much pain and he had to have the screw taken out. He subsequently found out that he'd suffered nerve damage to his hand and arm, forcing him to take more time off the bike.

Camillini resumed training and had hoped to compete in the world championships in Australia in two weeks' time. But after racing in France over the weekend, his hand was not deemed to be at full strength. Together with his team, he decided not to take part in the world's. His remaining goal for the season is to race the World Cup finals in Schladming, but that will depend on him making a full recovery.

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