Video: Pro cyclist tells drivers: "I am so frightened just to do my job "

Wiggle-Highj5 rider Macey Stewart posts video to Instagram after experiencing close pass

Professional cyclist Macey Stewart posted a video to Indtagram today in which she pleaded with motorists to give riders space when overtaking them.

Clearly upset, the 22-year-old, who has joined Wiggle-High5 this year after two season with Orica-AIS, said: "This video is for the idiot drivers that don’t have 10 seconds of patience to wait behind a rider.

"You are forcing me to hate my sport and not want to continue chasing my dreams because I am so frightened just to do my job and go out training."

 

We've reported on a number of incidents here on road.cc in which pro cyclists have been killed or injured while training, the most high profile being in recent years being that of 2011 Giro d'Italia champion Michele Scarponi, who lost his life 12 months ago when a van driver ignored a stop sign and struck him.

In December, Katusha pro Alex Dowsett - then with Movistar - recounted how he was "in tears" after a Porsche Cayenne driver left him "the closest I’ve ever been to a career or life-ending crash," adding that it "scared the living daylights out of me."

>Alex Dowsett tweet of scary near miss sees dozens share similar stories

 

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.

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