A South Yorkshire cyclist suffered a punctured lung, two broken ribs and a broken collarbone when he was shoved off his bike by passengers in a passing car on Thursday.
Dave Scargill, 58, was training with members of Birdwell Wheelers cycling club, and was in a group of around 20 riders going at around 30mph in Hooton Pagnell, near Thurnscoe.
A group of of young men pulled up alongside him in a black Vauxhall Corsa and a passenger stretched out of the side window and, using both arms, pushed Dave from his bike.
He is now in Barnsley Hospital waiting for an operation, and his £3000 bike has been written off.
James Allen, 34, who witnessed the incident, told The Star: “Dave was in about sixth place when the car came up with these lads inside.
“I thought they were just skidding and revving their engines but then I heard a crash, looked behind me, and saw chaos.
“Dave was down on the ground. He had cuts all over him and had ripped his kit. He was in a bad way, he could barely speak. I felt terrible.”
James added that Dave was worried about having to take time off work, as he is a self-employed gas fitter.
He said: “Dave is the most dedicated, hard-working bloke. The only thing he’s worried about is his clients and whether they will be inconvenienced. I hope he rides again.”
Anyone with information about the incident at around 7pm on Thursday should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 973 of August 23.