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Davide Cimolai escaped with bumps and bruises – but his bike was destroyed

 

FDJ rider Davide Cimolai has appealed to drivers to “respect the rules of the road” that he was knocked off his bike by a motorist while training near his home in Pordenone, north east Italy.

The incident comes after a number of high-profile deaths of bike riders in road traffic collisions in Italy, including those of pro cyclist Michele Scarponi in April and former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden this month.

> MotoGP ace Nicky Hayden dies five days after cycling crash

Cimolai, aged 27, thankfully suffered nothing worse than bumps and bruises in his incident, reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He said: "I’d just left home. A car had the left indicator on to park. I passed it on the right and the driver suddenly turned in the opposite direction to the arrow.

“It hit me, I found myself on the ground and then I wasn’t aware of anything. I have some bumps and bruises all over my body, but luckily nothing’s broken.

“I didn’t have to go to hospital. It could have been worse, even if my bike was completely destroyed.”

Referring to those recent deaths, he said: “It’s a terrible period.

“This time, it was due to inattention. In the car was a couple who got out, terrified – they knew they’d made a mistake.”

On Sunday evening, he posted a video appeal on Twitter for drivers to “respect the rules of the road,” adding, “today I was really lucky!”

Cimolai insisted however that his injuries would not change his racing programme.

“I won’t miss training days,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. Tomorrow morning, I will wake up full of aches and pains but I will be able to pedal.

Luckily I can take part in the Dauphiné , which starts next Sunday.

“Then I will be at the Tour de France working for [Arnaud] Demare.”

Between those two races, he also plans to challenge for the Italian national road championship, which he believes this year has a course that suits him.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.