Shocking footage recorded by a spectator at the men's under-23 race at the UCI Road World Championships yesterday shows the moment the driver of a team car swerved in front of a rider, sending him hurtling into the barriers and causing injuries including a fractured collarbone.
The driver swerved to the left to overtake a vehicle in front that had stopped by the roadside just as 22-year-old Finnish rider Joni Kanevra was passing.
The reaction of nearby spectators to the horrific crash can clearly be heard on the video, which was broadcast by Norway's TV2 and has subsequently been posted to YouTube.
Kanerva sustained a broken collarbone, bruising to the ribs and facial cuts and was reported to be in a stable condition in hospital.
According to TV2, police are investigating the incident.
The incident comes in a week when the UCI Management Committee announced that it was reducing the number of riders in races on safety grounds.
Previously, the governing body has introduced courses for drivers wishing to form part of the race convoy and has also sought to impose stricter regulations on how vehicles move around during races in a bid to improve safety.
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.