Britain’s Jonny Bellis is in a critical condition after an accident while riding a scooter near Quarrata in Italy.
According to reports in the local Il Tirreno newspaper, the 21 year-old from the Isle of Man was found at the side of the road by a security guard at 3.30am on Saturday morning.
He was bleeding heavily from the nose but was later found to have suffered serious head injuries. He was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to the specialist Careggi hospital in Florence.  
Great Britain Under 23 Academy coach Max Sciandri is with him and Bellis’ parents have also traveled to Italy.  
According to il Tirreno, Bellis was returning to his flat in Quarrata on his scooter. Police are investigating the accident but it is unclear if Bellis was the victim of a hit and run because no skid marks were found. Bellis was wearing a helmet.   
British Cycling’s Performance Director Dave Brailsford said in a statement: “All our focus and attention right now is on Johnny and his family and ensuring that they are looked after and given the best possible care at this time”
After being part of the Great Britain Under 23 Academy and finishing third in the 2007 world championships, he turned professional with the Saxo Bank after a successful spell as a stagiaire.
Saxo Bank team manager Bjarne Riis said in a statement: “We are saddened by the news of Jonathan’s accident, but we know that he is in good hands at the hospital in Florence. Our thoughts and hopes go out to Jonathan, his family and friends”

  • chris holmes

    hope you make a full and fast recovery and to all your family and friends be strong

  • Tony Varley


    I had the pleasure to train with you when you were a young lad as an up and coming rider, You have always had class both as a rider and as person, hang on in there Jonny ,and make a speedy recovery. We are all thinking of you.


  • Peter Kennaugh Snr.

    Come on Jonny dig deep…We need you back where you belong – on your bike and singing Laxey Wheel !

    All our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with you and your family. From Big Pete and everyone on the Rock XXX

  • myles McCorry

    keep fighting lad.
    all at

  • Carl Ayscough

    Best wishes to Jonny and his family at this time. I pray for a speedy and successful recovery so we may be blessed with his talent on a bike again.
    Keep fighting and be strong!!!

  • Neil Care

    I met Jonny at this years 4 Days of Dunkirk and what an absolute gentleman he is… Fight the injury and get well soon. Sincere best wishes, Neil from Dover.

  • mike kelly

    Our thoughts and prayers are for you Jonny. We on the Isle of Man know what a strong lad and top class rider you are. Wish you a quick recovery… Thinking of you lots keep fighting. MANX ROAD CLUB

  • Chris Truett

    Best wishes to Jonny and his family at the time,hoping he comes through this with a speedy recovery..

    Our thoughts and prays go out to him..
    From all at the Kinesis team, Chris Truett Manager..