A South Yorkshire cyclist suffered a punctured lung, two broken ribs and a broken collarbone when he was shoved off his bike by passengers in a passing car on Thursday.
Dave Scargill, 58, was training with members of Birdwell Wheelers cycling club, and was in a group of around 20 riders going at around 30mph in Hooton Pagnell, near Thurnscoe.
A group of of young men pulled up alongside him in a black Vauxhall Corsa and a passenger stretched out of the side window and, using both arms, pushed Dave from his bike.
He is now in Barnsley Hospital waiting for an operation, and his £3000 bike has been written off.
James Allen, 34, who witnessed the incident, told The Star: “Dave was in about sixth place when the car came up with these lads inside.
“I thought they were just skidding and revving their engines but then I heard a crash, looked behind me, and saw chaos.
“Dave was down on the ground. He had cuts all over him and had ripped his kit. He was in a bad way, he could barely speak. I felt terrible.”
James added that Dave was worried about having to take time off work, as he is a self-employed gas fitter.
He said: “Dave is the most dedicated, hard-working bloke. The only thing he’s worried about is his clients and whether they will be inconvenienced. I hope he rides again.”
Anyone with information about the incident at around 7pm on Thursday should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 973 of August 23.
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.