Travel Riders, fans injured in horror cycle crash
Riders, fans injured in horror cycle crash
A rider has been launched over a velodrome barrier and into the crowd while others were injured in a horror crash at the Commonwealth Games.Walls had to be treated for injuries in the stands of the Lee Valley VeloPark for 40 minutes - and the arena was cleared of fans - after he was caught up in a multi-rider pile-up on the final lap of the Commonwealth Games 15km scratch race qualifier on Sunday.
English Olympic champion Matt Walls has been taken to hospital after being catapulted over the barriers and into a horrified crowd of spectators in another high-speed crash at London's velodrome.
Walls had to be treated for injuries in the stands of the Lee Valley VeloPark for 40 minutes - and the arena was cleared of fans - after he was caught up in a multi-rider pile-up on the final lap of the Commonwealth Games 15km scratch race qualifier on Sunday.
British Cycling reported that he then went to hospital along with another rider, Isle of Man's Matt Bostock, who had to be taken out of the arena on a stretcher with what were believed to be head and shoulder injuries.
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One man in the crowd also needed treatment for cuts to his arm, and was taken out of the arena bloodied in a wheelchair, while a young girl also received attention.
Spectators, some of whom could not see the upper banking of the velodrome from their front row, were left stunned when Olympic omnium champion Walls suddenly appeared, sent spiralling into the air and landing in the front seating section of the arena along with his bike.
The 24-year-old had been powering up the banking as the race reached speeds of up to 60kph on the final circuit, trying to avoid others who had tumbled lower down.
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New Zealander George Jackson and Australia's Josh Duffy were among eight athletes caught up in the carnage and slid up the banking at high speed, the chain reaction ending with Walls being pushed onto and over the barrier.
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Canadian Derek Gee also nearly went into the crowd but just managed to avoid that fate, while his teammate Mathias Guillemette was disqualified for causing the initial crash.
One spectator told AAP how Walls' bike also came flying over the barrier, shooting along the row of spectators in scenes many experienced observers believed were unprecedented at a major track meeting.
The morning session was suspended after the crash, the second high-speed spill in successive days after another English rider, Joe Truman, suffered a suspected broken collar bone after being taken out unwittingly by Australian Matt Glaetzer in a keirin race on Saturday.
Duffy was reported by Australian team officials to be unscathed and will take his place in the final later on Sunday.
British Cycling reported that Walls was "alert" in hospital.
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