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Newton Doored!

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Flying_Monkey, 7 Mar 2008.

  1. Flying_Monkey

    Flying_Monkey Toll Collector on the Road to Nowhere

    When are drivers going to learn to look out for cyclists? Another of our top riders gets taken out, luckily this time, not killed...

    (from cyclingnews.com)

    Newton's worlds hopes get 'doored'

    By Gerry McManus

    British track rider Chris Newton's chance to ride in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester this month dissappeared today after the 34 year-old crashed while he was out training near his home in Oldham, Manchester. Newton was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken collarbone.

    Newton was expected to ride in the men's point's race and the men's team pursuit in the World Championships in Manchester 26th to 30th March. Newton's team manager John Herety confirmed the crash. "Appparently a driver opened his car door on Chris when he was out training this morning," said Herety. "Fortunately Chris has already qualified for points race at the Olympics through his World Cup results but it he will very dissappointed about not riding in the World Championships."
     
  2. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    One can but hope that the police take it seriously. Highway Code rule 239 includes:-

    "you MUST ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door. Check for cyclists or other traffic"

    It's not advisory...
     
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    We all know what the HC says, but wtf was he doing belting along in the door zone? :sad:
     
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Without knowing the full scenario it could be many reasons, cars overtaking, car coming the other way to far over, etc. etc. It could happen to any of us in a moment of reduced concentration. The only good point is that he's not too badly injured!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    That's really bad news for him. Wonder how much the courts think would be enough to compensate a man for denying him the position as World Champion?

    Fortunately Brailsford has said his Olympic chances should not be affected.
     
  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Bugger that's not good - up the road from me.....
     
  7. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    About 50p... if they even bother letting a collision involving a mere cyclist get to court.
     
  8. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Exactly !
     
  9. andygates

    andygates New Member

    That's bloody sad news. I hope he makes a full and fast recovery.

    Being there does not in any way absolve the driver of responsibility. It is the driver's job to NOT door people. It's just survival smarts for cyclists to avoid the door zone wherepracticable because of the number of substandard drivers out there.
     
  10. Monty Dog

    Monty Dog New Member

    Location:
    Fleet
    Was Graeme Obree the car driver in question?
     
  11. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    What? Why?