Commonwealth Games cycling is ABANDONED after a horrific second crash saw a rider fly over the barrier and into the crowd, leaving athletes and spectators in need of urgent medical attention
- Commonwealth Games cycling is scrapped after another horrific crash
- Isle of Man cyclist Matt Bostock was taken away on a stretcher
- England’s Matt Walls landed in the crowd and continues to receive treatment
- Several spectators need urgent medical help, including one covered in blood
Commonwealth Games cycling is hit by another horrific crash as one rider crashes through the barrier and another through the crowd, leaving athletes and spectators in need of urgent medical attention.
In the second qualifying round of the men’s 15 km scratch, several riders fell and the Englishman Matt Walls flew over the barrier and into the crowd with his bike.
His compatriot Matt Bostock was taken out on a stretcher, while Walls received prolonged treatment behind screens to protect him in the stands after medical teams immediately rushed to the track.
A member of the crowd was 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 rest of this session at the velodrome was scrapped and only one sprint race was scheduled to come before a break.
England cyclist Matt Walls landed in the crowd on the final lap of the men’s 15km race
Spectators needed urgent medical attention after the huge collision on the track
The England racing team tweeted: “Thoughts are with all the riders involved in the velodrome accident.”
Scottish Cycling said: “Unfortunately we have just witnessed another big accident at the velodrome.
“Kyle Gordon got shot but luckily he got up and got back on that bike.
“Our thoughts with the two riders who are receiving medical attention.”
Welsh Cycling added: “Let’s send our love and best wishes to those injured in the crash at the Velodrome today.”
“On behalf of all of us at Welsh Cycling, we hope for a speedy recovery.
“We can confirm that Will Roberts is fine and was not involved in the accident.”
It comes on the back of England cyclist Joe Truman being knocked out following a horrific crash while riding 45mph in the keirin as his former housemate Jack Carlin won a silver medal for the 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 colliding with Australian Matthew Glaetzer, who had fallen onto the bridge in front of him.
Truman had nowhere to go when Glaetzer touched Carlin’s wheels on the second lap of the event, sending the Englishman flying directly over the Aussie at 45mph before hitting the hard ground.
The 25-year-old initially stood motionless on the velodrome pitch as medical staff rushed to his aid.
Joe Truman lost consciousness after colliding with Australian Matthew Glaetzer at around 45mph
Truman, 25, was treated by medics and taken to hospital after the accident with a broken collarbone and head trauma.
Team Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer and Team England’s Joe Truman crash in round one of the Men’s Track Cycling Keirin on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Lee Valley Velopark on 30 July 2022
This is the moment Truman slammed into the wooden bank of the velodrome at 45mph
England’s Joe Truman is taken away by medics after an accident in the Men’s Keirin on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
After regaining consciousness, the injured runner was helped into a wheelchair receiving oxygen and transferred to hospital for collarbone and head treatment.
It’s just the latest setback for a runner who has spent the past two years battling back problems, ruling him out of 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 of how tough these guys are and how brave you have to be,” he said.
“Joe has had a lot of injury issues throughout his career, but he’s very strong-willed. I don’t know if I could have come back from the things he came back from,’ Carlin continued in reference to Truman’s back injury that ruined his Tokyo Olympics campaign.
‘It’s just another setback on the road for Joe…hope it’s not too serious, he’ll be back on the bike in a few weeks and he has a lot to aim for – (the next year) we have the Nations Cup, the world championships in Glasgow and the Olympics in Paris, he has time ahead of him and, knowing Joe, he will come back stronger than ever.
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