Iván Sosa (Movistar) was reportedly attacked by a driver whereas he was coaching in Chinauta within the Cundinamarca division of Colombia on Thursday. His crew confirmed on social media that Sosa was handled for accidents to his chin at a medical centre in Fusagasugá.
In line with El Tiempo, the highway rage incident started when the driving force of a tractor-trailer closed in on him and fired a gun within the air a number of instances earlier than exiting his automobile to assault Sosa with the butt of the gun.
The 25-year-old confirmed the report, in accordance with El Tiempo.
The scary incident is just not the primary for an expert rider. Oscar Sevilla was mugged whereas coaching exterior Bogotá, Colombia and suffered a damaged arm and ribs in 2018. Andrey Amador was assaulted in his dwelling nation of Costa Rica in 2011 and sustained severe inside accidents.
Such incidents have additionally taken place in conventional biking nations. In 2020, Hurt Vanhoucke was punched within the face whereas he was out coaching. The incident happened in the course of the COVID-19 lockdowns when non-essential journey was banned, however skilled cyclists had been nonetheless allowed to coach outside. A number of Italian riders had been verbally abused for coaching in the identical interval.
Then, in December 2020, Andrea Vendrame was punched by an aggressive driver whereas coaching in Veneto, Italy. In 2016, Philippe Gilbert had his center finger damaged in a confrontation with a drunk driver.