CM – Mishaps continue to plague cycling

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Logan Martin of Australia does a jump with a nearby apartment building in the background during a BMX freestyle training session at the 2020 Summer Olympics on July 27, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. AP PHOTO

IZU, Japan: Fuji International Speedway officials apologized to the Dutch team after World Time Trial Champion Anna van der Breggen was pulled off her bike by security guards during a reconnaissance on the Olympic course for Wednesday’s race against the clock.

The guard apparently did not know that van der Breggen was a competitive athlete. She fell in the incident – she was not injured and will still compete – and the video showed Dutch drivers surrounding an official car on the track.

Kyosuke Takei, the trainer of Japanese rider Eri Yonamine, said in a tweet: « Everything stopped because of a mistake by the organizer. And in the confusion with the guards Anna was threatened and knocked over.

In another tweet Takei wrote: » It was a big mess today. I was very sad. The organizer has too little respect for the drivers. I know everyone works hard in their place. It was a terrible mess that I hadn’t « seen these days. »

On Monday, former BMX world champion Niek Kimmann collided at full throttle with a race steward who had strayed onto the track during a training run. Both went down and Kimmann, one of the medal favorites in a competition earlier this week, said he injured his knee in the impact.

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