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Riders were in a bike lane; driver in custody

A group of professional cyclists out training was attacked in a road rage incident on Friday, when a car swerved and hit them while the driver yelled abuse.

Around a dozen members of the Jamis/Hagnes Berman cycling team were training in Tucson, USA.

"You go on a bike and you expect to be safe... you don't expect something like this to happen," Tyler Wren told KVOA, who was leading the group and was hit by a motorist driving a silver car. He suffered minor injuries and was checked over in hospital.

He said the riders were two abreast, in a bike lane near the junction of Valencia Road and Old Vail Road.

"The driver came, was coming in on the left and was yelling at us and swerved into us.. I think intentionally [and] sped off," Wren said.

A support car with the cyclists managed to photograph the car's numberplate

A Tucson Police Department spokesman told News 4 Tucson that a man has been taken into custody in connection with this incident.

Wren later tweeted: "I was rammed by a car today. Teammates & TucsonPD on it straight away & driver in jail. Hospital now- but thumbs up!"

He followed up by saying: "No broken bones, back on the bike tomorrow. Thanks for all the well wishes. Hope this incident highlights this issue."

 

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.