Video: Is this man the luckiest unlucky cyclist in the world?

Watch the video and decide for yourself

by Tony Farrelly   March 19, 2014  

Mattress incident

Yesterday we reported on a Brazilian road safety campaign that showed bike handlebars as hunting trophies as a graphic illustration of how unsafe Brazilian roads are for cyclists. Today we bring you this, also, we think, from Brazil.

This is perhaps the most incredible near miss video we've ever seen. Shaves don't come any closer than this. If this cyclist were a cat he'd have used up all his lives at once, although at least he'd have found somewhere comfortable to sit.

And as PJ McNally reminds us in the comments below, it's not the first mattress-related story we've had in recent weeks - Tinkoff-Saxo's Matti Breschel was hit by one in a freak accident following a stage of last month's Tour of Oman.

The Dane is still recovering from his injuries and pain in his hand caused him to abandon last week's Paris-Nice after Stage 3.

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Crazy

posted by joebee9870 [62 posts]
19th March 2014 - 16:43

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Good to see Matti Breschel getting the training miles in...

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posted by PJ McNally [591 posts]
19th March 2014 - 17:07

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I think that's a new cyclist collision safety system developed by Volvo.
Let's the victim have a nice lie down after the incident

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posted by Chris [113 posts]
19th March 2014 - 17:34

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When I first watched this, it looked pretty bad. But after seeing it a few times, he's knocked over by the mattress that falls off the truck, he's not hit by the truck. The mattress also cushions his fall of course! Yes, either way, he's lucky.

posted by bobcdc [19 posts]
19th March 2014 - 17:34

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I wonder if he sat up thinking it had all been a dream?

posted by paulmcmillan [87 posts]
19th March 2014 - 21:50

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I imagine he sat up thinking "What the fuck?"

posted by drfabulous0 [404 posts]
19th March 2014 - 22:29

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I hope that accident doesn't give him nightmares. Mostly because it'll be really confusing when he wakes up.

posted by bikebot [837 posts]
19th March 2014 - 22:56

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No no no, you're all wrong. It's not a mattress, it's version 2.0 of this thing

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [496 posts]
19th March 2014 - 23:43

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When I first watched this, it looked pretty bad. But after seeing it a few times, he's knocked over by the mattress that falls off the truck, he's not hit by the truck. The mattress also cushions his fall of course! Yes, either way, he's lucky.

Oh, OK , that makes it all right then Smile

posted by usedtobefaster [120 posts]
21st March 2014 - 11:16

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Getting clobbered edge-on by a piss-stained pikey mattress wouldn't be any fun.

posted by Cauld Lubter [122 posts]
22nd March 2014 - 16:28

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