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One Pro Cycling's Karol Domagalski hit the deck but recovered to take sprints jersey and combativity award...

One Pro Cycling rider Karol Domagalski recovered after being knocked from his bike by the driver of the Madison-Genesis team car on yesterday's opening stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to take the day's combativity prize and get into the sprints jersey.

The Polish rider was part of an eight-man breakaway group on the stage from Edinburgh to Kelso, as was Madison-Genesis's Conor Swift, the cousin of UAE Team Emirates rider Ben Swift.

The incident happened with around a third of the 190.1 kilometre stage raced as Swift took a bottle from the driver, who appeared to be distracted and failed to notice Domagalski dropping back slightly.

Fortunately, the group were heading up a short incline at the time, meaning the pace was slow and the driver was able to brake and avoid running over the prone rider.

The stage was won by Orica-Scott's Caleb Ewen.

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.