BREAKING NEWS: Commonwealth Games cycling is ABANDONED after another horrifying crash that saw one rider fly over the barrier and into the crowd leaving athletes and spectators requiring urgent medical attention
- Commonwealth Games cycling is abandoned after another horrifying crash
- Cyclist Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man has been taken away on a stretcher
- Englands Matt Walls landed in the crowd and is still receiving treatment
- Several spectators require urgent medical help with one covered in blood
Commonwealth Games cycling struck by another horrifying crash as one rider goes over the barrier and another into the crowd leaving athletes and spectators requiring urgent medical attention.
England cyclist Matt Walls landed in the crowd during the final lap in the men’s 15km scratch race qualifying and medical teams immediately rushed onto the track.
Fellow racer Matt Bostock has been taken away on a stretcher, while Walls is still receiving treatment behind screens in the stands.
A member of the crowd has been taken away in a wheelchair covered in blood and a young girl is also being treated by medics for a cut on her arm.
Following the collision, the remainder of this session at the velodrome was abandoned and only one sprint race was to come before a break.
This come on the back of England cyclist Joe Truman was knocked unconscious following a horrific crash when riding at 45mph in the keirin, as his old housemate Jack Carlin went on to win a silver for Scotland.
Truman suffered a broken collarbone in the collision, with the 25-year-old sent flying on the final lap of the keirin semi-final after riding into Australian Matthew Glaetzer, who had tumbled to the deck in front of him.
Truman had nowhere to go when Glaetzer touched wheels with Carlin in the second round of the event, sending the Englishman flying straight over the top of the Aussie at 45mph before slamming into the hard flooring.
The 25-year-old initially lay motionless on the infield of the velodrome as medical staff rushed to his aid.
Upon regaining consciousness, the stricken rider was helped away in a wheelchair receiving oxygen and transferred to hospital for treatment on his collarbone and head scans.
It is the just the latest setback for a rider who spent the last two years battling back problems, ruling him out of contention for the Tokyo Olympics.
Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy described the impact of the fall as ‘about as big as you can get in cycling’.
‘It reminds us how tough these guys are and how brave you have to be,’ he said.
Joe Truman was knocked unconscious after colliding with Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer at around 45mph
The 25-year-old Truman was attended to by medics and taken to hospital after the crash for a broken collarbone and head trauma
Matthew Glaetzer of Team Australia and Joe Truman of Team England crash during the Men’s Track Cycling Keirin Second Round Heat One on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome on July 30, 2022
This is the moment Truman slammed into the wooden banking of the velodrome at 45mph
‘Joe’s had many issues with injuries throughout his career, but he’s very strong-willed. I don’t know if I could have come back from the things that he’s come back from,’ Carlin continued in reference to Truman’s back injury which ruined his Tokyo Olympics campaign.
‘This is just another hiccup in the road for Joe… Hopefully it’s not too serious, he’ll be back on the bike again in a matter of weeks and he’s got a lot to aim for – (next year) we’ve the Nations Cup, the world championships in Glasgow and the Paris Olympics – he’s got time on his side and, knowing Joe, he will be back stronger than ever.’
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