An Italian pro has been assaulted by a driver whereas out practising.
Andrea Vendrame, who races for Ag2r La Mondiale, modified into as soon as riding in Treviso, Italy when a driver stopped his automobile and punched the rider within the face before fleeing the scene.
The 26-year-old told Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino that he would be reporting the incident, which came about on Monday, December 21, to police.
Vendrame, a historic Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec rider, said: “I modified into as soon as riding in San Lucia cease to from Conegliano, when a automobile all straight away looked, the driver obtained out of the auto and hit me within the face. I didn’t know the device to react, nonetheless after a number of seconds I took images on my cellular telephone and I will glean them to the police.”
Vendrame went to health center after the assault, nonetheless isn’t believed to own suffered severe accidents.
It modified into as soon as not Vendrame’s first brush with a driver, after he modified into as soon as severely injured support in 2016 when he modified into as soon as hit by automobile and his head went via the window.
Since then he has had a scars on his face and says he has continuously had a beard to conceal up the marks.
Staunch riders on the general suffer cease to-misses and accidents whereas practising out on the roads, with many athletes raising concerns about freeway safety.
Earlier this year, Cofidis’ Elia Viviani said nothing had modified on Italian roads after the coronavirus lockdown.
If we hoped that motorists had modified via [their] admire for us…it is a misplaced plan off,” Elia Viviani told Gazzetta dello Sport. “On the freeway, all the pieces is as before the lockdown and the hazard has not diminished. Nothing has modified.”
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