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F1 ace Fernando Alonso reportedly sustains “multiple fractures” after he was hit by driver while cycling

Crash happened near Lugano, close to Switzerland’s border with Italy; Alpine F1 to update on two-time world champion’s condition tomorrow

Fernando Alonso, the former world champion Formula 1 racing driver, has reportedly sustained suspected multiple fractures after he was hit by a driver while riding his bike in Switzerland.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the crash happened near Lugano, which lies between Lake Maggiore and Lake Como in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Canton Ticino, just across the border with Italy.

The Spaniard, who won back-to-back Formula 1 driver’s championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and is also a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is due to drive for the Alpine F1 team – formerly Renault – for the next two years, with the season due to start in Bahrain on 28 March.

In a tweet, his team said that the 39-year-old is “conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning.” It added that it will provide an update on his condition tomorrow.

A huge cycling fan, Alonso unsuccessfully tried to buy the licence of the former Euskaltel-Euskadi team in 2013, and was subsequently reported to be planning to launch his own team at the following year’s Tour de France.

Paolo Bettini, the ex-Olympic and world road champion, gave up his job as coach to the Italian national team to head up the project, but the plans were eventually shelved.

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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RedRocket | 3 years ago

Loads of current and previous F1 drivers keep up their fitness with road cycling. Speaking with regards to the wider motoring community, arguably the better performance car drivers are the ones who also ride bikes.

wycombewheeler | 3 years ago

Presumably he told the driver why he was wrong and the driver was unable to rebut his "I am a driver too" comment.

OldRidgeback | 3 years ago
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I hope he heals up quickly. When someone as hgh profile as him is injured by a driver, it does highlight the risks all of us on two wheels.

Awavey replied to OldRidgeback | 3 years ago

Though I saw lots of comments on F1 fan boards criticising him for engaging in 'risky' behaviour by riding a bike and that racing an F1 car was safer, which I thought was an interesting take from some petrol heads. They perceive for instance something like what happened with Grosjean last year, a 50+ G impact piercing a metal barrier with a fireball, to be safer than riding a bicycle...

Hopefully the injuries arent as bad as first thought and he's back racing, and riding soon.

zeeridesbikes replied to Awavey | 3 years ago

TBF the fact he walked away shows F1 cars have incredible safety cells to protect the drivers. So in relative terms it's safe. 

ktache | 3 years ago

Wishing Fernando a very speedy recovery.

NZ Vegan Rider replied to ktache | 3 years ago

Agreed. Heal well and fast and I hope they get / convict the driver if they

were at fault. 

Organon replied to ktache | 3 years ago

Very subtle, Tim Vine would be proud. I am sure Fernando's recovery will be 'speedy.'

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