Cyclist hospitalised after being impaled by thru axle lever in crash

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A cyclist has shared details of a shocking injury when he was impaled by a thru axle lever in a crash.

Colin Reuter posted pictures on Twitter after he was taken to hospital with a front wheel and fork stick into his leg following the collision.

Reuter was racing in the category three/four Lime Rock Cycling Grand Prix in Connecticut, USA on Sunday (June 2) when the crash happened.

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The pictures show how Reuter fell onto the front wheel of another racer in the crash, with the lever puncturing his skin.

He was taken to hospital with the wheel still stuck in his leg.

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Reuter said: “So I know we were all worried about disc brakes being unsafe, but can we talk about sharp thru axle levers?

“On the plus side, I’m super grateful and impressed with the number of guys who got up from the crash and spent the next 20 minutes stabilising me, disassembling the bike, helping get me onto a backboard and off to the hospital for the extraction.

“I am going to be fine in the long run, but in the short term things hurt.”

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Reuter’s crash happened on the same day that 19-year-old American Matteo Jorgenson suffered a gruesome leg injury he says was caused by a disc rotor.

Jorgenson, who riders for the Ag2r La Mondiale development squad, was caught in a crash at the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs on Sunday and needed surgery after the collision.

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When asked how he knew it was a disc that caused the injury, he said: “It’s my right leg, it was a right turn, rider flew up the inside just before the entry, he ripped the front brake, slid into me with speed.

“When I got up I saw his rear rotor and my shoe completely soaked in blood.

“Nothing else could have cut so clean and four centimetres deep.”

Jorgenson’s injury has reignited the long-running debate about the safety of disc brakes in the professional peloton.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.