Two cyclists have been hospitalized in a horror crash that also injured a young girl who was in the crowd at the Commonwealth Games velodrome.
England’s Matt Walls and Matt Bostock from the Isle of Man were the most seriously injured in the crash that also took out a number of other riders during the qualifying race of the men’s 15km scratch at Birmingham 2022.
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Walls was sent flying into the crowd, while Bostock crashed heavily into the barrier.
Bostock was taken away in a stretcher and Walls was screened off from the crowd as he was treated.
“Following a crash in the men’s scratch, Matt Walls and Matt Bostock are being treated by medics before being taken to hospital for further treatment,” British Cycling tweeted.
“We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident, and will provide a further update when we can.”
Spectators were left ducking for cover after Olympic omnium champion Walls, high on the banking, was sent spiraling into the air, landing in the front seating section of the arena.
Walls was riding up the banking trying to avoid others who had fallen lower down, and appeared to clip another wheel before being sent flying over the top.
One spectator told AAP how Walls’ bike also came flying over the barrier, shooting along the row of spectators, in scenes that many experienced observers believed were unprecedented at a major track meeting.
Australian Josh Duffy was one of several riders who came down in Sunday’s accident but was reported by team officials to be unscathed.
One man in the crowd received treatment for cuts to his arm while a young girl also received attention, reportedly also for cuts.
The crash occurred during the final lap of the race at Lee Valley VeloPark.
The crash has resulted in the remainder of the competition in the morning session at the venue being postponed.
It came a day after Australian cyclist Matt Glaetzer was in a massive crash at high speed in the keirin.
The sprinter was left lying battered and bruised the track, his kit torn and his bike damaged, after the 70kph spill in the precarious mass sprint event.
England’s Joe Truman suffered a suspected broken collarbone and required oxygen at trackside in the same incident.
Watch Matt Glaetzer’s crash in the video below
– With APA