Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 14, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Crosswinds wreak havoc! Sagan wins Tour de France stage 11, Froome extends lead; Gaviria makes it two-for-two in Poland; Prudhomme: The wind was 104 km/h, Ventoux is impossible; Matthews’ long road to Tour de France success: ‘I was almost giving up on this race’; Flamme rouge incident malicious?; The Secret Pro at the 2016 Tour de France: Sky is conserving, Cav is back, and squabbles in the gruppetto; Meet Megan Guarnier: women’s cycling’s new leader; Romain Bardet says new generation taking over in cycling; Prudhomme calls for fans to respect riders; Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK; Tour of Alberta announces route; What leads amateurs to dope?; Person of interest sought in tack incident; Tour de France, stage 11 recap; Tour de France, stage 10 on-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass, stage 10; Storm on the Ventoux

Driver targets, hits cyclist in UK

by CyclingTips

A cyclist in the UK was struck by a motorist who deliberately targeted the rider after a near-miss moments earlier.

Derek Smillie, 43, gesticulated at the driver who he felt had passed too close and the driver responded in similar fashion. But moments later the driver turned around and drove at Smillie, going the wrong direction.

“I gesticulated at him and he gesticulated back,” Derek said. “That kind of thing is quite common, so I thought that would be the end of it. But as I cycled further up the road I could see he had pulled in.”

“He drove directly at me and I had little time to react. He must’ve been going at least 30mph, but I was sure he was going to swerve. The next thing I knew I was getting upended and landing in the middle of the road.”

Fortunately Smillie only suffered scrape and bruises, and his bike was somehow undamaged. Police are searching for the driver of a red Seat Ibiza.

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