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Top young cyclists hit by car during training ride
- Updated: March 15, 2014
South African cycling is experiencing yet more heartache after another serious accident, writes Mark Etheridge.
Two of our promising cyclists, Jevandre Pauls, 18, and Craig Symons, 23,were both hit by a vehicle from behind while cycling in the Western Cape on Friday.
The two were on their way from Stellenbosch to Kuilsriver on the Polkadraai Road when the car hit the pair from behind as they were cycling inside the yellow line.
Pauls rides for Team Bonitas and Symons for Team Ride Life Giant.
“They were riding in single file and the car first hit Jev, as he was at the back at the time, and then Craig,” said former Cycling South Africa employee Ciska Austin and wife of Barry Austin, cycling manager for South Africa at the 2012 Olympics in London.
“Craig was released from hospital on Friday evening with a fractured right pelvis and he’ll be off the bike for eight weeks.”
The news on Pauls, last year’s SA junior road champion, is less positive. “He is being kept in an induced coma and is on a ventilator and being monitored for bleeding on the brain and his lung function is also being monitored.”
Pauls has been in the wars of late and only last September crashed during a race and has since undergone two operations to repair damages to his facial bones and teeth.
A criminal case has been opened and the incident is being investigated by the SA Police.
Last month cycling was rocked by the tragic death of track ace Jeann├® Nell during a race at the Bellville Velodrome.