Sean Kelly hits the deck after crashing into wild boar

Boar fails to make the calculation as to when to cross the road

King Kelly and his victim
(Image credit: Kurt Bogaerts/Twiiter)

Sean Kelly has a formidable reputation as an exceptional descender, but even he seems to have been unable to avoid an accident when a wild boar ran across his path on a descent in Spain.

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Kelly was descending the Coll des Rates in eastern Spain with An Post-Chain Reaction directeur sportif Kurt Bogaerts when, from the looks of the photos at least, a wild boar ran out of the undergrowth and into the path of the four-time Tour de France green jersey winner.

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Thankfully the Irishman escaped unharmed "walking away without a scratch" with his bike also coming off unscathed.

However the boar, which is likely to have weighed around 100kg, doesn't seem to have been so lucky.

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Perhaps Kelly could have done with remaining as cool and collected as Warren Barguil at the 2015 Tour de France, when the Frenchman calmly negotiated a heard of cows crossing the road during the high speed descent off the Col du Tourmalet.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.