It’s often said that cycling is the most egalitarian sport in the world. As the old cliché goes, you can’t just lace up your boots and have a kickabout on the pitch at Wembley, but you can (in theory anyway) ride on the exact same roads as Tour de France winners. But here’s the rub – that also means professionals are subjected to the same dangers while out training as us regular punters.
Esto ocurrió en el último entrenamiento del @INEOSGrenadiers en Colombia. Un auto rebasa justo antes de entrar a la curva y a pesar de la doble línea amarilla. Un imprudente se pudo llevar por delante a @RichardCarapazM, @Eganbernal o cualquier ciclista del mundo 😠 pic.twitter.com/SoeVrhWwJH
— Santiago Guerrero (@guerrerosanti7) January 18, 2022
Yesterday that danger was strikingly apparent for a small group of Ineos Grenadiers riders training in the Cundinamarca region of Colombia.
The group, led by 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, experienced a frightening near miss on a shallow descent when a driver decided to overtake a van and a cyclist at the same time on a blind bend as the riders approached.
Fortunately, the motorist was just able to swerve back in without hitting either the pros or the amateur cyclist heading in the opposite direction.
The Ineos riders also had to have their wits about them earlier in the day, when a dog threatened to run into their path on a similar descent. Both near misses were captured by Karol David Torres, a former racer who provides technical support for pros on training camps in Colombia.
It’s not the first time that Bernal has had a close call on home roads this winter: in November he narrowly avoided being struck by a driver who tried to squeeze through an almost impossible gap between an oncoming lorry and the Colombian national hero.
Following Giant-Alpecin’s horrific mass crash in 2016, reports of training camp run-ins with motorists are becoming increasingly common. Wilco Kelderman suffered a broken vertebra after a driver crashed into his Bora-Hansgrohe team when out training near Lake Garda last January, while three Drone Hopper-Androni riders were injured in December after a motorist pulled out in front of them in Spain.
Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.
If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.
If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).
Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.
Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.