Spend too long reading below the line of a mainstream press article on a cyclist being put in danger by a motorist, and you will inevitably find comments along the lines of everyone on a bike thinking they are competing in the Tour de France. But here’s the rub – even being the first person from your country to win cycling’s biggest race does not make you immune to close passes, as this video from 2019 yellow jersey winner Egan Bernal shows.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider was out training on his bike with a couple of other riders, one of them a team mate, in his home country of Colombia, where he is a national sporting hero. A driver then decided to overtake them by squeezing into a non-existent gap as a truck came through in the opposite direction.
Bernal is not the first Tour de France winner from the British WorldTour outfit to have experienced dangerous driving while on a training ride.
In 2013, a motorist was sent on a driver awareness course after she knocked Bradley Wiggins from his bike at a petrol station in Lancashire.
And in May 2017, four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome was rammed from behind by a driver in the South of France in what he described as a “scary experience.”
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.
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.