Canadian cyclist hospitalized with head injury

Canadian junior cyclist Kevin Lacombe was in stable condition in a Hamilton, Ont. hospital Saturday after suffering a concussion during the world championships road race.

Lacombe, 18, crashed with several other riders on a second-lap descent down the Niagara Escarpment and was taken to hospital. Although he was initially listed in critical condition, news reports at 3pm ET listed him as stable..

Sean O'Donnell, high performance director for the Canadian Cycling Association, said hospital tests showed no bleeding on the brain.

Lacombe has no broken bones, he added.

"He took a pretty good bonk on the head," said O'Donnell.

Four other riders also pulled out after the crash and were treated on-site.

Lacombe won the 2003 Canadian junior championship in the time trial on this same course. He is coached by one of the CCA's head coaches, Eric Van den Eynde of St-Bruno, Que.

Lacombe is an outstanding natural athlete. He is also a defenceman with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Hockey League.

with files from Canadian Press