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Movistar rider Ivan Sosa hit with revolver by lorry driver after close pass

Police say Colombian pro may himself face charges after allegedly breaking the truck’s windscreen during incident yesterday

Movistar rider Ivan Sosa has been treated for cuts to his chin after a lorry driver threatened him with a handgun then struck him with the weapon while he was on a training ride in his home country, Colombia – but may face charges himself for allegedly breaking the tractor unit’s windscreen.

The 25 year old, who joined the Spanish WorldTour team last year from Ineos Grenadiers, was riding near Chinauta in the department of Cundinamarca when the incident happened just after noon yesterday, reports El Tiempo.

The lorry driver is reported to have made a close pass on the cyclist before firing his revolver in the air several times, then got out of the cab and hit Sosa with it, with the rider subsequently reporting the incident to the Policia Nacional.

Officers subsequently stopped the driver, who claimed that Sosa had squirted water in his face, before throwing a stone at the lorry’s windscreen, breaking it. He also surrendered his firearm to police, who confirmed that he had a permit for it.

The statement from police added that both Sosa and the driver will be referred to the competent authorities for possible further action – the cyclist for property damage, the lorry driver for causing injury to the person.

Following the incident, Sosa was taken to a medical centre in Fusagasugá for treatment, according to a tweet from Movistar, with the team also confirming that the cyclist remained conscious throughout his ordeal.

Colombian cycling website Mundo Ciclistico posted a selfie taken by Sosa that shows the cut to his chin.

Sosa, who began his professional career with the Italian team Androni Giocattoli-Sidemec and  has won a number of stage races including the Vuelta a Burgos, twice, and last season’s Tour de Langkawi, took to Instagram to express his thanks for the messages of support he had received following the incident.

He added: “Luckily it was nothing more than I scare, but I feel fine.”

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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NOtotheEU | 1 year ago

My daily commute suddenly seems a little less dangerous.

Freddy56 | 1 year ago

Hope he recovers well. Awful incident

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