Mark Cavendish tweets photo of car that 'tried to run him off the road'

Pic shows elderly man, but Cav says he was 'rude and aggressive'

by Sarah Barth   December 9, 2012  

Mark Cavendish (pic Photosport International).jpg

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.

 

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I'm sure the police will follow up, which they don't always do.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2189 posts]
9th December 2012 - 22:33

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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.

posted by Mostyn [407 posts]
10th December 2012 - 8:41

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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.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3099 posts]
10th December 2012 - 9:54

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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.

posted by Karbon Kev [670 posts]
10th December 2012 - 10:19

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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.

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [267 posts]
10th December 2012 - 11:30

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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.

posted by SpamSpamSpam [20 posts]
10th December 2012 - 12:15

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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.

posted by mrchrispy [285 posts]
10th December 2012 - 12:30

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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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posted by mrmo [1073 posts]
10th December 2012 - 13:07

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Nice hanky box on the dashboard.

posted by rootes [39 posts]
10th December 2012 - 13:15

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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.

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posted by giff77 [1048 posts]
10th December 2012 - 20:20

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