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Video: Team Sky bus driver makes extremely close pass on cyclist

Rider posts footage of incident in Wales to Twitter

A cyclist from Wales has filmed the moment the driver of a large vehicle made an extremely close pass as he overtook him on a country road – and shockingly, the vehicle involved was the Team Sky bus (Caution: video contains strong language).

The video was posted to Twitter by Andy Rolfe from Rhosllannerchrugog, near Wrexham – an area which the Tour of Britain passed through on yesterday’s Stage 4 from Denbigh to Builth Wells.

Just before the Team Sky bus overtakes the rider, a fuel tanker can be seen coming in the opposite direction, with its driver stopping to let the coach pass – and with the cyclist making clear his feelings on the way the driver overtook him.

Mr Rolfe’s tweet has so far attracted more than 3,000 retweets, plus a number of replies criticising the driving.

David Kernohan’s comment was typical of the responses. He said: “Of all the people in the UK who should know how to pass a cyclist properly - Very, very poor @TeamSky.”

Under Rule 163, motorists are told that they should “give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.”

Team Sky have apologised to Mr Rolfe via Twitter, and they released a statement to us, saying "What is shown in the video is unacceptable and we are sorry. We've already spoken to the driver and we'll be discussing this with him again in more detail.

“We will also be speaking to all staff and reminding them of their responsibilities.

“Encouraging people to get out and on their bikes is a huge part of what we stand for as a team. 

“We are a team of cyclists and we all know how important it is for us as a team to set an example when it comes to ensuring cyclists are able to use the roads safely.”


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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