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Team Sky drivers to take safety course after close pass of cyclist in Wales

Dave Brailsford apologises to cyclist involved

All of Team Sky's drivers will take safety refresher courses this winter following an incident earlier in the week when a cyclist suffered an extremely close pass by one of their vehicles.

The driver responsible, Claudio Lucchini, is said to be deeply upset about what the team is calling an error of judgement. In a video posted to Twitter by Andy Rolfe from Rhosllannerchrugog, near Wrexham, Lucchini’s huge vehicle can be seen overtaking on a narrow country road despite an oncoming fuel tanker.

Team Sky immediately apologised and since then team boss Sir Dave Brailsford has spoken to The Cycling Podcast about the incident.

"It is an important issue and firstly, we absolutely apologise to the rider in question. Secondly, we will look at it internally. I've spoken to Claudio myself and we had a chat about it and he is really upset about it.

"He said he had already passed hundreds of cyclists on those narrow Welsh roads but sometimes people make errors. It obviously shocked the rider and scared him, and we don't want that.

"We're all cyclists and so is Claudio. We want to promote safety on the roads for all cyclists and we're trying to increase participation in the sport. So it's important for us to set a good example, particularly given all the vehicles we have on the road."

The Press Association reports that Rolfe declined an offer to join Sky as their guest at one of the remaining stages of the Tour of Britain, but he is being sent some kit and a written apology from Lucchini.

All Team Sky drivers will do a driver safety course at the end of the season and the whole team has been warned to set a good example on the road.

Rolfe has since tweeted: "Thanks to everyone who has supported my post, a lot of positive feedback, Team Sky have apologised, I just want motorists to be more patient."

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