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Bennett wins stage 1 of Tour of Turkey, Sagan for TDU: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 11, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Bennett wins stage 1 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey; Sagan confirms Santos Tour Down Under appearance; Reichenbach diagnosed with additional fracture, will be out of action for three months; Roglic targets Grand Tour success, but bides time for podium finish; Cookson on bid for re-election: ‘We got the politics disastrously wrong’; German time trial talent Teutenberg signs on for two years with Team WNT; Hansen stays with Team Virtu for another year; Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture; Video: The Ultimate Cycling Motivation 2017; Video: taking yellow on a spectator’s bike.

Driver rugby-tackles female cyclist and causes spinal fracture

by Shane Stokes

A British driver is facing a possible jail sentence after attacking a female cyclist he thought was a man and fracturing her spine. Martyn Lee, a 46-year-old from Harrowgate, attacked 38-year-old Caroline Livesey after the latter swerved to avoid a dog which had run onto the road.

“The defendant had to drive into the middle of both carriageways to narrowly miss Mrs Livesey,” Shawn Morales, prosecuting, told York Crown Court, according to Cycling Weekly. “The complainant said the defendant then drove past her shouting something about ‘undertaking.’

“Further down the road he had stopped and, as the complainant went past, he rugby tackled her from the bike and she hit the back of her head on the road surface. He told her, ‘To be honest, I thought you were a bloke’.”

Livesey suffered a sacral fracture in the inner-pelvic area of her spine, as well as other smaller injuries. Lee has been ordered to pay compensation, failing which he could be sent to prison.

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