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Near Miss of the Day 700, Ineos Grenadiers training camp edition: Overtaking motorist narrowly misses Egan Bernal and Richard Carapaz

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country and beyond - today it's Colombia.....

It’s often said that cycling is the most egalitarian sport in the world. As the old cliché goes, you can’t just lace up your boots and have a kickabout on the pitch at Wembley, but you can (in theory anyway) ride on the exact same roads as Tour de France winners. But here’s the rub – that also means professionals are subjected to the same dangers while out training as us regular punters.

Yesterday that danger was strikingly apparent for a small group of Ineos Grenadiers riders training in the Cundinamarca region of Colombia.

The group, led by 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal and 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carapaz, experienced a frightening near miss on a shallow descent when a driver decided to overtake a van and a cyclist at the same time on a blind bend as the riders approached.

Fortunately, the motorist was just able to swerve back in without hitting either the pros or the amateur cyclist heading in the opposite direction.

The Ineos riders also had to have their wits about them earlier in the day, when a dog threatened to run into their path on a similar descent. Both near misses were captured by Karol David Torres, a former racer who provides technical support for pros on training camps in Colombia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by karolo (@karoloarueda)

It’s not the first time that Bernal has had a close call on home roads this winter: in November he narrowly avoided being struck by a driver who tried to squeeze through an almost impossible gap between an oncoming lorry and the Colombian national hero.

Following Giant-Alpecin’s horrific mass crash in 2016, reports of training camp run-ins with motorists are becoming increasingly common. Wilco Kelderman suffered a broken vertebra after a driver crashed into his Bora-Hansgrohe team when out training near Lake Garda last January, while three Drone Hopper-Androni riders were injured in December after a motorist pulled out in front of them in Spain.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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I'm intrigued by this sign, 'don't look down' maybe? Is there a terrifying cliff edge around the corner?

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Rendel Harris replied to HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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Dip your headlights, apparently.

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HoarseMann replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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Thanks for enlightening me Rendel.

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hawkinspeter replied to HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

I'm intrigued by this sign, 'don't look down' maybe? Is there a terrifying cliff edge around the corner?

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Hirsute replied to HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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Wear a helmet.
(Falling rocks)

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Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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Obviously a certain moron of this parish would want their bikes confiscated from them for riding in a group of six - not sure his usual fat middle-aged white men trope would work too well though...

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Sriracha replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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Who do they think they are, in the bally Tour de France?

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CyclingInGawler replied to Sriracha | 2 years ago
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Probably not even on a proper journey! They probably ended up back where they started from.

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Wingguy replied to Rendel Harris | 2 years ago
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He might, but it'd be tough to justify. Our Nige claims to be against cyclist riding in groups on unnecessary leisure trips, because they get in the way of more important traffic. 
 

Since these are professional road users who are at work doing their job, then by my reckoning Nige should be insisting they have priority over anyone in a car who just happens to be driving somewhere.

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IanR replied to Wingguy | 2 years ago
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Working?  Looks more like a party to me.

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