Cyclist catapults into crowd after horror velodrome crash

There were gasps of horror as English cyclist Matt Walls was catapulted into the crowd during a high-speed crash at London’s velodrome on Sunday.

Walls, an Olympic champion, was being treated for injuries in the stands of the Lee Valley VeloPark after he was caught up in a multi-rider crash on the final lap of the Commonwealth Games 15km scratch race qualifier.

English cyclist Mall Walls (left) and Canadian Derek Gee crash into the crowd during the men’s 15km scratch race qualifying round.Credit:AP

British Cycling reported Walls would be going to hospital along with another rider, Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock, who had to be taken out of the arena on a stretcher.

One man in the crowd received treatment for cuts to his arm, while a young girl also received minor medical attention.

Spectators were left ducking for cover after Olympic omnium champion Walls, high on the banking, was sent spiralling into the air, landing in the front seating section of the arena.

Walls was riding up the banking trying to avoid others who had fallen lower down, and appeared to clip another wheel before being sent flying over the top.

One spectator said Walls’ bike also came flying over the barrier, shooting along the row of spectators, in scenes that many experienced observers believed were unprecedented at a major track meeting.

The morning session was suspended after the crash, the second high-speed spill in successive days after another English rider Joe Truman suffered a suspected broken collar bone after being taken out unwittingly by Australian Matt Glaetzer on Saturday.

Australian Josh Duffy was one of several riders who came down in Sunday’s accident but was reported by team officials to be unscathed.

A statement from British Cycling said: “Matt Walls and Matt Bostock are being treated by medics before being taken to hospital for further treatment. We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident, and will provide a further update when we can.”

AAP

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