VIDEO: Irish pro cyclist in horror smash with car in United States race
This video shows the moment an Irish pro cyclist, Matt Brammeier, was involved in a horror high speed crash with a team car in the USA.
Brammeier, who was trying to catch up with the main peloton at the time, is seen losing control of his bike going into a sharp corner before ploughing into the side of a team car as it cornered.
The 30-year-old, who rides for MTN Qhubeka, suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a fractured pelvis.
However, some cycling experts have stated that if he hadn't hit the team car, the rider could have come off worse by going into a steep ravine on the other side of the road.
Jarrad Van Zuydam, MTN Qhubeka team doctor, said: “Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed collision with a vehicle during the queen stage of the Tour of Utah. Thankfully, Matt has suffered no head, neck or spinal injuries and is currently stable in hospital. His musculoskeletal injuries are significant however.
"He suffered rib fractures on both sides as well as a small pneumothorax. He also has fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones. Matt is unlikely to require surgery but will need some time to recover from his injuries.”