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51 year old cyclist suffered broken pelvis in attack

Police are seeking a drunken man who ‘rugby tackled a cyclist off his bike during the Cheltenham races.

The 51-year-old cyclist was making his way home when the man, described as six feet tall and 20 stone, dressed in a brown suit, attacked him.

The incident in Southam Lane coincided with the running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the racecourse.

Police and ambulance crews were called, and he was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

He turned out to have a broken pelvis.

His wife, Debbie Gibbons, wrote on Facebook: “On Friday 17 March around 4pm my husband, who was cycling home full pelt and minding his own business, got rugby tackled off his bike on the racecourse road (Evesham road).

"A 6ft, 20 stone DRUNKEN man rugby tackled him straight off his bike and landed on top of him. Some nice passersby saw things weren't well and called him an ambulance.

"My husband is now in hospital, drugged up on morphine, throwing up from the pain, with his pelvis broken in 3 or 4 places; we are waiting to hear whether he needs surgery. He is likely to be off work for weeks/ month to come."

Call police on 101 and quote incident 398 of March 17 if you have any information.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.