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Video: Team car driver rear-ends cyclist at Tour of Britain

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 joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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