'It could have been us' - The Israeli pros who narrowly escaped the Hamas attack

Omer Shapira and Guy Sagiv trained on a road overtaken by Hamas the day before

Omer Shapira in an Israel cycling jersey
Omer Shapira at the 2022 Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta
(Image credit: Getty Images)

On Friday October 6, Omer Shapira, the six-time Israeli national champion, and her husband Guy Sagiv, a three-time national champion, were training as they usually do, close to the border between Israel and Gaza.

Shapira's family lives around seven kilometres from the border, in a collection of tight-knit villages, the road is part of the 29-year-old's usual training route when she's back home.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.