Stray objects can be a danger to pro cyclists –remember Fabian Cancellara shattering his collarbone at the 2012 Tour of Flanders when a water bottle got caught in his wheel? – but here’s a new one; Tinkoff-Saxo’s Matti Breschel is nursing his injuries after he was felled by a “flying mattress” on Sunday after the final stage of the Tour of Oman.
The Dane explained what happened on the team’s website: “After the stage, we were riding back to our hotel and on a descent when I was going 70 kilometres an hour, a mattress flew into my front wheel and brought the bike to a standstill.
“I hit the asphalt pretty hard and lost a lot of skin on my legs and face and the wound on my knee had to be stitched up.
“It’s still too early to say but I trust it doesn’t influence my preparations for the classic campaign and I’ll stick to my regular training programme.
“I’m not concerned at this moment,” added Breschel, who is still planning to ride Paris-Nice which starts a fortnight on Sunday.
There’s no word on how big the mattress was, or what caused it to take to the air, but we’re guessing that a “Flying Bedstead” – the name Rolls-Royce gave in the 1950s to its experimental vertical take-off and landing aircraft that would form the basis of the technology behind the Harrier Jump Jet – wasn’t involved.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.