Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Watch the scary moment cyclist Toms Skujins falls off his bike

Toms Skujins after crashing on stage two of the 2017 Tour of California	Credit Chris Graythen  Getty Images Toms Skujins after crashing on stage two of the 2017 Tour of California Credit Chris Graythen Getty Images
Kenny Thornton | 17 May, 2017, 10:57

This is the moment concussed cyclist Toms Skujins comes within inches of a deadly high speed collision with oncoming riders after falling on the Tour of California on Monday.

Skujins fell off his bike with a little under 23 kilometers left in the stage.

He suffered a broken collarbone, but posted a cheerful photo from the hospital on Twitter. Clearly dazed and wobbly, he struggled to get back to get up and mount his bike.

Currently, Skujins has been entered into the concussion protocol of his cycling team - Cannondale-Drapac - and according to Cyclingnews Skujins will face a minimum of six days away from cycling activity before his condition is reevaluated.

- Brian Canty (@briancanty) May 15, 2017Toms Skujins' California concussion incident raises questions, but what could have been done differently?

Next South Korean president likely to ease stance on North
There are speculations that growing pressure from the USA and China might have encouraged the North to postpone a planned test. In March 2010, a North Korean torpedo allegedly sank a South Korean naval vessel, killing 46 sailors.

Those of us that have watched enough football matches in the last few years will know that a referee will stop a game for a head injury and that players are removed if they're showing even the slightest sign of concussion.

A Cannondale-Drapac team vehicle eventually caught up to the Latvian and pulled him out of the race, but not before viewers had expressed their shock and concern.

Team Cannondale-Drapac Sport director Tom Southam said: "Toms' crash obviously had a huge impact on us today. It's a blow for the team and for his own ambitions but that was a serious fall, and racing can take a back seat while he heals", he added.

As for the rider himself, Skujins said that he was feeling OK and was grateful for messages of support he had received, although was unable to respond as looking at screens can slow recovery from concussion. "I'm really bummed, of course. His health is the most important thing to all of us".

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