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Updated: Cyclist seriously injured after hitting tree during RideLondon sportive

Riders delayed for up to an hour following "nasty crash" in Surrey...

UPDATED Sunday 1430: The route of today's Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive has been changed after three air ambulances were called in response to a crash. It was subsequently reported that a cyclist taking part in the event had hit a tree.

According to a spokeswoman for the South East Coast ambulance service, quoted on Guardian.co.uk, the male rider crashed into a tree.

“It is not known whether he hit the tree on his bike or whether he came off his bike prior to hitting the tree," said the spokeswoman.

"He was airlifted to St George’s Hospital [in Tooting, South West London] and is in a serious condition."

Katie Meadway, who witnessed the incident, said on Twitter that there were “three air ambulances and countless ambulances” in attendance.

She wrote: “Just been told by stewards that those involved in accident are OK but it is considered serious.”

The Guardian reports that a subsequent incident also required a participant to be taken to hospital by air ambulance, although as yet there are no details of what happened or where on the course it took place.

Many of the 27,000 cyclists taking part in the fourth edition of the event had been waiting for up to an hour behind the scene of the incident, which took place around 40 miles in, with Twitter user Peter Brown describing it as a "nasty crash."

Shortly before 10.30am this morning, organisers confirmed on Twitter that the route would be amended as a result of the incident.

 

 

 

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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.

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