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.

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.