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.

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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.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.