Cycling at the Commonwealth Games was hit by another horrific accident on Sunday afternoon that saw England’s Matt Walls catapulted over the barrier into the crowd, leaving athletes and spectators requiring urgent medical attention.
In the second qualifying heat of the men’s 15km scratch, there was a crash between several riders and England’s Matt Walls flew over the barrier and into the crowd on his bike.
Running mate Matt Bostock was taken away on a stretcher, while Walls, 24, was treated for more than 40 minutes before being transferred by ambulance.
British Cycling confirmed on social media that Walls and Bostock have been taken to hospital.
“We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident and will provide further updates where we can,” British Cycling posted on Twitter. The England team added: “Matt is alert and talking, as he has been all along, and he is receiving medical attention at the hospital.”
Spectators were also injured after Walls and his bike went over the barriers at the top of the corner.
The 24-year-old Olympic omnium champion was trying to avoid riders who had fallen in a crash further down the slope, but as he came up he hit another wheel and went over the top.
English cyclist Matt Walls landed in the crowd during the final lap of the men’s 15km race and is in hospital for treatment.
The 24-year-old Olympic omnium champion weaved through the crowd trying to avoid riders in a crash below.
British Cycling confirmed that Wells needed to go to hospital for treatment and that spectators were also injured.
Witnesses said that due to the steepness of the slope, the spectators in the front row had lost their sight from the crash.
Spectators were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries, but did not require hospital treatment.
A man was treated for cuts to his arm, while a girl was also treated, while another member of the crowd was wheeled away covered in blood.
After the collision, the remainder of this session at the velodrome was abandoned with only one sprint remaining before a break.
The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome was canceled and spectators were asked to leave while medical personnel attended to Walls.
Walls and Bostock were treated by doctors before being taken to hospital along with Derek Gee and two spectators for further treatment.
An England team spokesman said: “Matt is alert and talking (as he has been all along) and is receiving medical attention at hospital.”
The rest of the session at the velodrome was abandoned after the big collision at Lee Valley VeloPark.
The England racing team tweeted: “Thoughts are with all the cyclists involved in the accident at the velodrome.”
Scottish Cycling said: ‘Unfortunately we have just witnessed another big accident at the velodrome.
Kyle Gordon got knocked down, but luckily he got up and got back on this bike.
“Our thoughts with the two riders who are receiving medical attention.”
British Cycling has taken to social media to release a statement about the cycling accident
Scotland Cycling also wished both riders well after the accident at the Velodrome.
Welsh Cycling also wished Matt Walls and Matt Bostock a speedy recovery after the crash.
Welsh Cycling added: ‘We send our love and best wishes to those injured in the accident at the Velodrome today.
‘On behalf of all of us at Welsh Cycling, we hope for a speedy recovery.
“We can confirm that Will Roberts is fine and was not involved in the accident.”
The next session will begin at 3:00 pm as scheduled; however, an update will be provided as soon as possible if the situation changes.
This sight on the back of English cyclist Joe Truman was knocked unconscious after a horrific accident while traveling at 45mph in the keirin, while his former housemate Jack Carlin won a silver for Scotland.
Truman suffered a broken collarbone in the collision, and the 25-year-old went airborne in the final lap of the keirin semi-final after colliding with Australian Matthew Glaetzer, who had fallen to the ground in front of him.
Truman had nowhere to go when Glaetzer locked wheels with Carlin in the second round of the event, sending the Englishman flying right over the top of the Aussie at 45mph before crashing to the hard ground.
Joe Truman was knocked unconscious after colliding with Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer at around 45mph
Truman, 25, was treated by doctors and taken to hospital after the crash for a broken collarbone and head trauma.
Team Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer and Team England’s Joe Truman crash during the Men’s Track Cycling Keirin heat one second round on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome on July 30 from 2022
This is the moment Truman crashed into the wooden bench of the velodrome at 45 mph.
Medics take Joe Truman away from the England team after an accident in the Men’s Keirin on day two of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
After receiving medical treatment while lying unconscious, a shocked Truman gestures to the applauding crowd as he is led out of the velodrome and taken to the hospital.
Initially, the 25-year-old lay motionless inside the velodrome as medical personnel rushed to his aid.
Upon regaining consciousness, the injured cyclist was assisted into a wheelchair receiving oxygen and taken to hospital for collarbone treatment and head scans.
It is the latest setback for a cyclist who spent the last two years battling back problems, which ruled him out of contention for the Tokyo Olympics.
Olympic cycling hero Sir Chris Hoy described the shock of the crash as “the biggest thing you can have in cycling”.
“It reminds us how tough these guys are and how brave you have to be,” he said.
“Joe has had a lot of trouble with injuries throughout his career, but he is very strong-willed. I don’t know if he could have come back from the things that he came back from,” Carlin continued in reference to Truman’s back injury that ruined his campaign at the Tokyo Olympics.
“This is just another hiccup on the road for Joe…Hopefully it’s not too serious, he’ll be back on the bike in a matter of weeks and he’s got a lot to aim for (next year) we have the Nations Cup. , the world championships in Glasgow and the Olympics in Paris – he has time on his side and, knowing Joe, he will come back stronger than ever.”