Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome said on Tuesday that he had his bike written off by an impatient driver in a hit-and-run incident.
The British rider, a three-time winner of the Tour, road cycling's most prestigious race, posted a picture of his damaged bike on Twitter but said he he himself had not been injured in the incident.
Froome: "Just got rammed on purpose"
Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement! Thankfully I'm okay 🙏 Bike totaled. Driver kept going! pic.twitter.com/o7FT4iXsAo— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) 9 de mayo de 2017
"Just got rammed on purpose by an impatient driver who followed me onto the pavement!" tweeted the 31-year-old Froome, who rides for the British-based Team Sky. "Thankfully I'm okay. Bike totaled. Driver kept going!"
The picture was geotagged from Beausoleil in France, near Froome's home in Monaco.
Last month, former Giro d'Italia winner Michele Scarponi was killed when the 37-year-old Astana team rider was knocked off his bike after colliding with a van while training near his home in central Italy.
The incident involving Froome also came after two non-professional cyclists were killed in a road accident in Oliva, Valencia, while touring on their bikes. The driver involved was found to be four times over the limit and tested positive for cocaine.
This year's Tour de France begins in Dusseldorf, Germany, on July 1.