Chelsea and England football star Frank Lampard feared the worst earlier this week when he thought he had run over a 14-year-old boy as he reversed his Range Rover in London.
Instead, he discovered that while the schoolboy was unharmed, his bike had been left in a mangled heap, prompting the midfielder to give £200 to the surprised youngster.
Lampard’s agent, Steve Kutner, told the Mirror: “All sorts of things were going through Frank's mind. He saw the bike in his mirror and was sure he'd run the boy over.”
He continued: "Frank checked the lad was OK and asked how much the bike cost.
"The boy said it was worth £100, so Frank gave him £200 in cash. It was the least he could do.
"If anything Frank was more upset than the boy," Kutner added.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.