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Mark Cavendish has been shaken by a run-in with a car that he says tried to run him and fellow cyclist Russell Hampton off the road.

Yesterday afternoon he tweeted a picture of the offending vehicle, adding: "This man just tried to run me & @russellhampton off the road."

The photo clearly showed the numberplate of the car, a white Citroen, and an elderly-looking man in a fisherman's cap.

He added: "Just noticed in the photo of my road-rage friend, he looks old & fragile. Can assure you he was far from it. Angry, patronising & aggressive.

“He could have ended our careers or worse. He looks old and frail but he was angry, patronising and rude.”

It's perhaps unsurprising that Cav might have reacted angrily to the turn of events - last month he was involved in an incident with a car while training in Italy.

Around the same time, Bradley Wiggins suffered broken ribs in a collision with a car close to his home in Lancashire, and GB head coach Shane Sutton sustained a fractured cheekbone and bleeding on the brain in a separate incident.

 

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.

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OldRidgeback [2628 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm sure the police will follow up, which they don't always do.

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Mostyn [396 posts] 3 years ago
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Must be time for an AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. - Seems that some people want to become MURDERERS. - IDIOTIC DRIVERS!

Luckily for us cyclists; they are still a minority in our society.

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notfastenough [3695 posts] 3 years ago
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I reckon he probably does more everyday riding in a year than most of us do in a decade. Total is about 50,000 kms a year I believe.

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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welcome to the real world mark cavendish, you're not protected by the pro peloton in everyday riding, matey.

There are too many older drivers who have lost their sense of safe driving imo, new rules need to come into force asap imo.

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badback [302 posts] 3 years ago
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Looks like he's asking him for his autograph in the photo.

More non-news. Cyclist has a near miss with a doddery driver.

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SpamSpamSpam [20 posts] 3 years ago
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badback wrote:

Looks like he's asking him for his autograph in the photo.

More non-news. Cyclist has a near miss with a doddery driver.

This is real news. Something that happens every day to many cyclists. It's good that Cav and others have the profile now to get these things shown more prominently.

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mrchrispy [456 posts] 3 years ago
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he might be 'old and frail' but it sounds like the old fart was trying to intimidate and bully while in his car. doesn't matter how old they are then they are protected but a metal cage.

good on Cav for tweeting it, we shouldn't have to put up with it.

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mrmo [2080 posts] 3 years ago
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That reminds me, I have to report the coach that tried to run me of the road this morning to the police.

It really gets to me how some people think it is OK to Try and kill someone just for using the road.

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rootes [51 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice hanky box on the dashboard.

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giff77 [1254 posts] 3 years ago
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Karbon Kev wrote:

welcome to the real world mark cavendish, you're not protected by the pro peloton in everyday riding, matey.

There are too many older drivers who have lost their sense of safe driving imo, new rules need to come into force asap imo.

So Cav does his training om rollers and rarely goes near the roads unless he's racing then? Also on a footnote there was a report recently published that 'older' drivers were actually safer than others due to their experience on the roads. I would suggest that many of the issues are down to temprement and that motorists should undergo a phsyc test before being allowed to drive.