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Video: Is this man the luckiest unlucky cyclist in the world?

Watch the video and decide for yourself

Yesterday we reported on a Brazilian road safety campaign that showed bike handlebars as hunting trophies as a graphic illustration of how unsafe Brazilian roads are for cyclists. Today we bring you this, also, we think, from Brazil.

This is perhaps the most incredible near miss video we've ever seen. Shaves don't come any closer than this. If this cyclist were a cat he'd have used up all his lives at once, although at least he'd have found somewhere comfortable to sit.

And as PJ McNally reminds us in the comments below, it's not the first mattress-related story we've had in recent weeks - Tinkoff-Saxo's Matti Breschel was hit by one in a freak accident following a stage of last month's Tour of Oman.

The Dane is still recovering from his injuries and pain in his hand caused him to abandon last week's Paris-Nice after Stage 3.

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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