British cyclocross champion Nikki Harris (Telenet-Fidea) will miss the UCI Elite Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 3 due to a lingering knee injury.
“I’ve had some issues with my knee over the past few weeks after I hit it on the handlebars at the Zolder World Cup. I managed to mask the pain for a few weeks and hoped it would recover and I could finish my season strongly as I had planned,” she said in a press release on Tuesday. “After an appointment with the specialist today we learned that the injury has now worsened and I have an acute tear in some tissue on my patella. Due to this I will unfortunately have to draw a close to my season immediately and take some rest. After a few weeks we can re-evaluate how things are going and decide If surgery is necessary or not.”
Harris has battled for the World Cup podium in her best season to date and topped European champion and world No. 2 Helen Wyman (Kona) in the British nationals earlier this month. She would have been a favorite to reach the podium in Louisville.
“It’s obviously a huge disappointment to me, my team and British Cycling that I won’t be able to take part in the up-and-coming world championships in Louisville and the remainder of the cyclo-cross season,” she said.