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Former American professional rider Ted King had a very close shave with a deer running across the road in Atlanta.

The incident happened in October last year, when King was riding along with some friends. At first, a single deer runs across the road at speed some way in front of the riding party, but then another appears.

The second deer appears right next to the riders, emerging from the undergrowth at full speed.

As the deer spots the cyclists, it swerves to avoid them by just a few centimetres before slipping and falling on the road surface.

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It then gets up and makes a swift exit, with both the deer and cyclists thankfully unharmed.

Thirty-three-year-old King from New Hampshire rode for the Cannondale Pro Cycling team up until his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2015 season.

During the 2013 Tour de France, King famously missed the time cut on stage four team time trial by just seven seconds after riding on his own with a severe shoulder injury suffered on the opening stage. The jury showed no mercy, however, and he was eliminated from the race.