Johnny Hoogerland, who flew into a barbed-wire fence at the 2011 Tour de France, is suing the media company whose car struck him. Euro Media and the Vacansoleil-DCM rider had failed to reach a settlement on Wednesday, the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Hoogerland is said to suffer from back pain, mood swings, and insomnia as a result of the accident, which occured when a media car attempted to pass his group during Stage 9 of the Tour. The car swerved into Juan Antonio Flecha, and Hoogerland then flipped into a barbed-wire fence on the roadside.
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