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Isle of Man crash cyclist Bellis to make comeback

Jonny Bellis
Image caption Bellis' chances of survival were small following his accident

Manx cyclist Jonny Bellis is set to return to competitive cycling following a life-threatening crash.

The 21-year-old was critically injured in a motor scooter accident in Italy in September 2009.

He has recovered enough to take part in the British National Road Race Championships in Lancashire on 27 June.

Bellis said he did not "expect much" of himself in the 180-kilometre event and added "I'll just ride and see how long I can do".

He has returned to the Quarratta training base in Italy where the accident happened to continue his rehabilitation and training.

Fellow Manxman

Bellis said: "There wasn't much chance of me surviving at the beginning, but now my health's fine and my fitness is improving.

"There's still a lot to learn to do, but I'm just going to ride the nationals to get back into the routine of racing.

"If it's 10k or 100k, I'll just be happy to pin a number on," he said.

Bellis of Team Saxo Bank will line up alongside fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish of Team HTC-Columbia, who is a favourite for the Tour de France green jersey.

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