Concerns have been raised over the safety of riders competing in the UCI Road World Championships in Doha after live TV coverage of today's men's under-23 time trial showed an ambulance driver coming very close to colliding with Germany's Marco Mathis.
The 22-year-old, who rides for UCI Continental team Rad-Net Rose, was approaching the entrance to a roundabout and seeking the straightest line through it when the driver of the ambulance veered into his path, missing him by inches.
— CyclingHub (@CyclingHubTV) 10 October 2016
The event is still ongoing, with Mathis currently occupying first place, with around 40 riders left to roll down the start ramp at the time of publication.
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