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by Shane Stokes
April 20, 2018
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Katusha-Alpecin rider is set to miss several months of competition after being hit by a car in Austria on Wednesday. The 27-year-old rider was expected to help Marcel Kittel in this year’s Tour de France, but will instead miss the event.
He suffered a double fracture of the kneecap plus a fracture to the lateral side of the left femur after a car ran a stop sign. “It was my second day back on the bike, after I had to recover from a second viral infection in the 2018 season,” he said from the Landeskrankenhaus hospital in Villach.
“I was riding with Bernie Eisel and was sitting in his wheel in a slight downhill, when suddenly a car, ignoring the stop sign, came at us from the right. Bernie just managed to escape him, but I could not do that and hit the driver’s door at full speed. My bike was completely destroyed and my knee as well. I am very disappointed. Not only at missing the Tour de France but also because of – again – the attitude of some car drivers. Cars and cyclists share the road but this seems to be more and more difficult. Some mentality needs to change.”
Meanwhile 18-year-old AVC Aix-en-Provence rider Clément Delcros was shot in the shoulder by someone in a car. “I was at the end of a training session,” he told DirectVelo. “I was a kilometre from my house. We were on a normal road. I saw that a car was coming from the other direction. When the car was alongside, I heard a bang.”
The shooter is unknown. The wound is fortunately not too serious, but Delcros is understandably distraught by what happened. He is expected to make a full recovery.