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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.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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joebee9870 [71 posts] 2 years ago
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Crazy

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PJ McNally [591 posts] 2 years ago
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Good to see Matti Breschel getting the training miles in...

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Chris [151 posts] 2 years ago
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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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bobcdc [22 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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paulmcmillan [96 posts] 2 years ago
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I wonder if he sat up thinking it had all been a dream?

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drfabulous0 [409 posts] 2 years ago
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I imagine he sat up thinking "What the fuck?"

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bikebot [1755 posts] 2 years ago
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I hope that accident doesn't give him nightmares. Mostly because it'll be really confusing when he wakes up.

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Cooks [490 posts] 2 years ago
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No no no, you're all wrong. It's not a mattress, it's version 2.0 of this thing
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usedtobefaster [168 posts] 2 years ago
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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  1

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Cauld Lubter [132 posts] 2 years ago
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Getting clobbered edge-on by a piss-stained pikey mattress wouldn't be any fun.