Whoever Said London Was A Safe Place To Cycle?

By Rob Last edited 149 months ago
Whoever Said London Was A Safe Place To Cycle?

The Tour of Britian, which finished in London on Sunday, was supposed to be a bit of a showcase to demonstrate how capable the capital will be hosting next year's Tour de France, that is until five people had to be taken to hospital after an almighty crash:

A Metropolitan Police motorcyclist turning off the course hit a race marshall motorcyclist on his left.

They crashed into crowd barriers injuring two men and one woman. They were treated for around 20 minutes, yards from the race, before being taken to hospital.

Four were taken to St Thomas's Hospital. Their injuries were not thought to be serious although one is still being assessed.

One was taken to Charing Cross Hospital where he was being treated for head injuries and chest bruising. He will be monitored overnight but his condition is not thought to be serious.

The Metropolitan Police: pride of the city... and favourites for next years' Wacky Races.

The irony is that the accident occured just a day after a go-slow protest sparked by riders who complained that riding alongside road traffic during the Sheffield section had become especially dangerous. World champion Tom Boonen was quoted as saying "I almost got run over five times."

Full marks have to got to Tour of Britain chief executive Hugh Roberts though, who came over all Charles Bronson when he said: "When someone is injured on my watch I take it personally."

Hasn't there been enough pain already Hugh?

Last Updated 05 September 2006