Phil Zajicek at the 2009 Amgen Tour of California. Photo: Cor Vos.
  • De Waffle Stoemper

    I am sorry but I do not see the point of this article, nor the copy posted on VeloNews. In no way am I saying that I do not feel sorry for Phil, as this is a truly terrible accident that we all wish no one would ever have to go through. However, I do not see why this needs to be publicized. Is it because he was a past conti pro many years ago, or twice convicted doper? Accidents like this or worse happen every day to cyclists around the world, but there are not reports written about them.

    • assholemike

      Your opinion has been saved and filed away. It’s irrelevant and wrong, but it has not been ignored.

      I can’t imagine what recovery will be like from an accident like this.

    • The Point is “We are the Targets out here”. What cuz the guys did what he had to do to keep his job in a corrupt environment he doesn’t deserve to live?

    • Climbingsunflower

      You have no idea who this man is and you have no sensitivity to his family. Phil and his family are good people. What happened on the past is in the past and should not have been brought up in this article as it is not pertinent to what happened. Have some compassion for a father and a husband and a son.

      • The internet — and the media — never forgets anything negative about anyone.

        • Mick

          yeah. see your other comment below

    • Michael Brown

      It’s because he’s a cyclist with some degree of fame and/or notoriety, you half-wit. Just like when Bernard Hinault announced he’s stepping down from his “role” with ASO – who the hell cares? Well, people who follow or are involved with cycling care. Good or bad, that’s how news works. Duh.

    • BoulderNative

      You are a great example of the worst in humanity! This man is a father & a husband and has young children at home. Why should you care to share you opinion on his crisis with Zero insight to the facts. You know what does not get near enough publicity is the idiots who are texting / looking at their phones and kill PEOPLE… Cyclists or Drivers… Why are you judging? Be careful with your words. Drivers are far too careless and get away with far greater offenses with no mention or punishment.

      All cyclist/motorist things aside. He’s a human. Everyone involved is a human regardless of fault. And they all have to live with this now.

    • ridein

      You say, “I do not see why this needs to be publicized. ,,,,, but there are not reports written about them.” In a round about way, you answered your own question. Everyday riders (pros, ex-pros, amateurs, commuters or maybe yourself) face the hazards of being a 2nd class citizen on the world’s roads and this is another reminder to be careful out there.

  • Frank

    Article quote: “Officials have not said whether they believe the truck or the Zajicek crossed the center line.” Wrong. CSP was quoted yesterday as saying they suspect the cyclist crossed the center line. If Zajicek is issued traffic citations (tickets) I hope they come in the form of warnings only because he has already paid a great price. Wishing him a speedy recovery

    • Nonsense. Bikers who break the law and cause accidents DESERVE citations.

      The poor truck driver could have been injured or killed trying to avoid the reckless cyclist. And he’ll surely be emotionally scared for life from this gruesome accident. He should sue the cyclist of Emotional Distress and any damage done to his truck.

      • 2rivers

        Judge, jury and executioner on duty here? Drivers get away with killing and maiming people all the time and cyclist who loses his arm in a crash is the bad guy?

        • The Cyclists ILLEGALLY crossed the center line, was riding recklessly and out of control, and endangered other innocent people, and caused psychological distress to the driver he his.

          The cyclist in this case IS the BAD GUY.

          Ipso facto.

    • Neal Rogers

      Frank: That wasn’t wrong. The article posted before the CSP quote you mentioned. That happens in news reporting; information is presented, and then more information follows. Stories develop; that doesn’t make the initial information wrong. As for this story, all I can say is don’t believe everything you hear from the CSP. This story is still developing.


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