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Video: Lucas Brunelle's week almost takes turn for worse as van right-hooks him

Film-maker pulls off impressive recovery in the rain

When you’re having a bad week, it can sometimes seem that it never rains but it pours. Alleycat film maker Lucas Brunelle’s week didn’t get off to the best of starts when on Monday the taxi driver he claims punched him, then drove his cab at him last week was released on $1,000 bail.

Still sporting a belter of a black eye as he spoke to the media following that arraignment hearing in his home city of Boston on Monday, things almost went from bad to worse for Brunelle this morning when he narrowly avoided being right-hooked by a van.

Amid heavy rain, Brunelle came off his bike but pulled off an impressive recovery to somehow land on his feet, wishing the driver of the liveried vehicle a “Happy Wednesday” as he resumed his journey.

Posting the footage to YouTube, the 43-year-old, an ex-racing cyclist, revealed: “I was taught how to crash at the Olympic Training center and it paid off, here I actually ended up on my feet.”

Friday’s incident involving Brunelle began when he went through a red light by his own admission and struck a pedestrian, leaving her in hospital with head injuries. He flagged down a taxi for assistance, and witnesses described how the driver then assaulted him.

Simon joined 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.

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