French Cyclist Jalabert Struck by Car

Former pro seriously injured

Ryan O'Hanlon

Retired French cyclist Laurent Jalabert was seriously injured this morning after being struck by a car while on his bike. Jalabert, winner of the 1995 Tour of Spain and the 1997 world time trial championships, was hit by an oncoming car in Motauban, a town in southern France.

From Reuters:

“He is not in danger,” a spokesman said.

The vehicle suddenly turned left, cutting across Jalabert who had the right of way, the police said.

The 41-year-old suffered several fractures and was briefly unconscious when the emergency services arrived.

He was transferred to hospital to undergo surgery, a source close to the former rider told French radio RTL.

While it appears that Jalabert will recover—and while he’s no longer a professional cyclist—this accident still gets at a larger, un-answered question that’s swirling around the cycling world, as Caty Enders wrote earlier this year after South African Olympic mountain biker Burry Stander was killed by a taxi: 

Considering the number of high-profile—and often tragic—cyclist/car collisions in the past couple years (Iñaki Lejarreta, killed; Bradley Wiggins, injured; Euskaltel Cabedo, killed; Carla Swart, killed—too many to name) have training rides become the most dangerous element of any pro sport? And what will it take for that to change?