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Tour of Britain cyclist hospitalised after crashing into parked car

Around ten riders were then caught up in the pile-up. Credit: ITV4

A Tour of Britain cyclist was hospitalised after he crashed into a stationary car, leaving the car's rear window smashed.

Around ten riders were then caught up in the pile-up that followed the crash into the car, in Retford town centre. Glass from the car was scattered across the scene.

The parked car was in a disabled bay just around the corner from where Market Square turns into Grove Street.

BMC Racing Team have confirmed that their team's cyclist, Brent Bookwalter, has been taken to hospital.

Rachel Robinson, who was shopping in Cheeky Monkey, a shop opposite where the crash happened, said:

They came round the corner fast, they wouldn’t know the road, and one of them hit the back of the car and this took people out behind him. People are saying they should have moved the cars that were parked in the way, it was terrible. It was awful to see, everyone is a bit shocked

– Rachel Robinson
Ambulance workers pictured helping those caught up in the crash. Credit: BPM Media

Charlotte West, who also witnessed the incident, said:

It was a dreadful having the car parked just round the corner. They took it sharp and went in to the windscreen. We were all out there with flags to show support, and suddenly there were police and all the bikes stopped. It was stupid the way that the car was parked there, the whole of the street should have been closed. It can’t happen again, they’ve got to do something.

– Charlotte West

Race Organisers SweetSpot said they are investigating the crash.

We are aware of the incident involving Brent Bookwalter of the BMC Racing Team in Retford during Stage Four and are investigating thoroughly as to the circumstances leading up to it. We operate a rolling road closure and cannot remove every parked vehicle on the race route.

However we work with residents, communities and local authorities ahead of the event to ensure as safe and clear a passage for the race as possible.

In this instance the car that was parked in a disabled parking bay wasn’t able to be moved before the arrival of the race and as per our procedures was flagged by one of our motorcycle marshals to alert riders to an obstacle in the road. The rider was treated immediately at the scene and taken to hospital by race medical staff and is in a stable and non-critical condition with mild concussion, lacerations and bruising. The Nottinghamshire stage was a huge success and while we do not wish for this incident to take the shine off a great day, we take it very seriously indeed and will investigate thoroughly ensuring any lessons learnt are implemented immediately.

We invest in and take very seriously the safety of competitors and spectators so are naturally disappointed by any negative incidents such as today’s.

At this stage we will be making no further comment about the incident.

– SweetSpot

At this time we don’t think there were any offences committed in relation to the collision that occurred and we wish a speedy recovery to anyone who was injured.

– Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson