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Wiggle-Highj5 rider Macey Stewart posts video to Instagram after experiencing close pass

Professional cyclist Macey Stewart posted a video to Indtagram today in which she pleaded with motorists to give riders space when overtaking them.

Clearly upset, the 22-year-old, who has joined Wiggle-High5 this year after two season with Orica-AIS, said: "This video is for the idiot drivers that don’t have 10 seconds of patience to wait behind a rider.

"You are forcing me to hate my sport and not want to continue chasing my dreams because I am so frightened just to do my job and go out training."

 

We've reported on a number of incidents here on road.cc in which pro cyclists have been killed or injured while training, the most high profile being in recent years being that of 2011 Giro d'Italia champion Michele Scarponi, who lost his life 12 months ago when a van driver ignored a stop sign and struck him.

In December, Katusha pro Alex Dowsett - then with Movistar - recounted how he was "in tears" after a Porsche Cayenne driver left him "the closest I’ve ever been to a career or life-ending crash," adding that it "scared the living daylights out of me."

>Alex Dowsett tweet of scary near miss sees dozens share similar stories

 

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.