Astana have apologised for the incident at the Tour de Yorkshire yesterday in which a volunteer marshal was almost run over by one of the Kazakh team’s support cars, with the Kazakh outfit’s driver ploughing through the bollard the marshal had been warning the riders and race convoy about.
In a tweet on Sunday, the UCI WorldTour team said it was “deeply sorry” for the incident.
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.
— Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) May 7, 2018
The incident, which happened during yesterday’s final stage, won by Cofidis rider Stephane Rossetto with Greg van Avermaet of BMC Racing clinching the overall title, was caught on film by Nathan Currie, who posted it to YouTube and Twitter.
The marshal, Philip Sullivan, said on Twitter today that he felt “very lucky” following the near miss, and that he was still “taking it in.”
Sat here now still really taking it in and trying to figure out just how I got out of the way of the car. But I'm here my children have their dad and I'm very lucky, thank you for your kind words.
— Phillip sullivan (@Phillipsulliv12) May 7, 2018
Astana have since confirmed that they have been in contact with Mr Sullivan and that they “will have some gifts for him.”
According to BBC Sport, Astana sports director Lars Michaelsen will himself volunteer at next year’s Tour de Yorkshire and will meet Mr Sullivan “for a beer.”
Mr Sullivan, who is aged 35, said: “I am still thinking how close it was, but luckily I do not have a scratch.”
Despite the incident, he remained at his post as the main peloton approached, saying: "I knew the riders were coming and I had a job to do", he said.
Welcome to Yorkshire, which organises the race in partnership with ASO, said that had launched an investigation into the incident.
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