LottoNL-Jumbo rider gets hit by a passing car during training right before the Tour of Alps but manages to still claim top-10 finish at yesterday’s first stage of the event.
He admitted to feeling ‘lucky to be alive’ after the accident which might have cost him more than a race.
The New Zealand cyclist, at the moment of the accident, was training for the upcoming grand Tour (Giro d’Italia) and Tour of the Alps with his teammate Koen Bouwman when a passing vehicle turned into their path.
— LottoNLJumbo Cycling (@LottoJumbo_road) April 16, 2018
“I was going pretty fast on the time trial doing a recon for the Giro. I was riding fast and a car was coming the other way. It didn’t see us, and it turned left across the road and I went straight into the side of him and I went over. Luckily I went over the car but I ripped the roof rack off with my knees,” Bennett told Cyclingnews yesterday, before starting the opening stage.
“I was really lucky with how it happened. I’m lucky to be alive I think. It could have been me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. I did a lot of thinking last night. It is pretty close to the anniversary of Scarponi and that’s pretty much what happened to him, and my friend Jason Lowndes died. It was a bit of a shock and this morning when I woke up I definitely knew that I’d been hit by a car.”
— Tour of The Alps (@Tourof_TheAlps) April 16, 2018