Photo gallery: Tour of Britain spectator re-lives moment cyclist crashed into son on live TV between Dereham and Mattishall

PUBLISHED: 15:03 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:42 10 September 2012

Angus Russell (on the bridge, left) and brother Hamish (right) search for Angus's phone after he was hit by a cyclist during the Tour of Britain

Angus Russell (on the bridge, left) and brother Hamish (right) search for Angus's phone after he was hit by a cyclist during the Tour of Britain


A Tour of Britain spectator has re-lived the dramatic moment a cyclist crashed into his son on live TV, forcing him to seek treatment at casualty.

The collision, which saw about 10 riders come off their bikes, happened at a corner where the road between Dereham and Mattishall narrows at a bridge over a stream.

Angus Russell, 11, was sitting on the bridge and suffered a “nasty friction burn” from one of the bike tyres which required dressing at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

However, his father Iain, from Barton Bendish near Downham Market, said Angus was more upset about his phone breaking when it fell into the water as he was hit.

Mr Russell said: “The breakaway had been caught by this time and the peloton arrived at the bridge en-masse. One rider went on the verge as he had nowhere to go as the road narrowed.

“He then came back off the verge, hit the rider on his inside and there was a domino effect across the peloton. The leaders had already gone through and avoided the crash.

“A lot of the other riders had to stop because of the chaos but they were still on their bikes and were able to ride off fairly quickly.

“There was then a period of frenzied activity with bikes and wheels being handed out to some of the riders and all the riders eventually rode off leaving poor number 86.”

The injured cyclist, Belgian Willem Wauters of the Vacansoleil DCM team, did not finish the stage.

Mr Russell added: “In hindsight I would think twice about sitting on a narrow bridge if we see the race again.”


  • As you say maybe people dont know, maybe its something the council and the organisers need to be aware of. So next year tight courners and narrow bridges are marked so people don't get hurt again. Maybe in some cases a safety stewart near them to ensure everyones safe.

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    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • point du jour has it. Very diplomatically phrased, too. Common sense is an endangered species round here.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Tammy Spiller and Emily are of course correct, and those of us who are cycling fans will know that this bridge was not a good vantage point from which to watch a cycle race. However, this may well have been the first time many people will have been at the roadside to see a major cycle race, and they may well have had little idea of the speed and the likely width of the peloton. I watched the race near Lowestoft and had to ask a couple of people near me to put their dogs on leads. Spectators with small children in front of them, or on their shoulders, on corners where there might be a crash or riders running off the road are also a worry. If we are lucky enough to be able to see a stage locally again, perhaps more advice needs to be given to spectators about their own and the competitors safety. You cannot rely on 'common sense' - a quality which is actually not all that common it seems!

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    point du jour

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Sorry your son got hurt but really to sit on the most narrow part of the road is irresponsible to your kid and to these riders. Its never good to get hurt but i saw many times people not using common sense as to where to watch the race go past.

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    Tammy Spiller

    Monday, September 10, 2012

  • What a stupid place to watch!! That bridge is tiny!

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    Monday, September 10, 2012

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