Cyclist sues Bianchi for £1m after his forks snapped during sportive

The father-of-three was left in hospital for 18 days with head injuries

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

A cyclist is suing bike builder Bianchi for £1m after his forks snapped during a sportive, leaving him with brain damage.

Donald O’Driscoll, 55, was riding in the 2015 Velothon Wales when the forks on his £800 Bianchi Via Nirone 7 “fractured in half,” a court has heard, sending him flying into a ditch.

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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.