Adam Blythe forced to apologise to driver who he claimed 'almost killed me'

British road race champion Adam Blythe has tweeted his anger after he claims he was almost killed by a driver, but the police informed him to apologise

Adam Blythe before stage two of the 2017 Dubai Tour
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Adam Blythe, the reigning British road race champion, has claimed that he was almost killed in an training ride last week but was forced to apologise to the driver.

The Yorkshireman, who rides for Aqua Blue Sport, was training in the UK last Friday (June 2) when he was involved with an incident with a Volkswagen.

The 27-year-old has said that he was "almost ran off the road" which left his bike with scratches but thankfully him without any injuries.

Blythe claims that he ran the police but was forced to apologise to the elderly driver for calling him a "stupid old man".

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The incident is the latest in a series of professional riders being involved in training ride crashes.

Astana rider Michele Scarponi who was killed by a lorry in a training ride in Italy just before the Giro d'Italia, while current and three-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome had his bike written off in the France last month after a collision with a car.

Meanwhile, Nicky Hayden, the former MotoGP world champion, died last month after a cycling crash.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.