A race volunteer had a lucky escape during the final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire when an Astana team car almost ploughed into him. It was only a bit of quick moving from the signalman that prevented him from being hit as he dove out of the way at the last second.
The volunteer, who had on a high-vis jacket, was stationed at a pedestrian crossing in the centre of the road to warn riders of its presence. The breakaway, peloton, and several team vehicles managed to navigate the road furniture but the driver of the Astana vehicle did not seem to notice him and drove straight towards him.
The volunteer jumped out of the way of the oncoming vehicle before it was too late as the car continued, driving through the bollards fixed to the crossing.
A video of the incident was widely circulated on social media and Astana issued a statement on Twitter early on Monday morning.
“We’re deeply sorry about the incident with our team car. The sport director that was driving the car contacted the race organizer directly after the race to send our apologies. We’re trying to get in touch with the marshal as well. We’re sorry and want this to never happen again.”
— Nathan Currie (@nathlukecurrie) May 6, 2018
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