"The group panicked, a car came straight at us, there was a lot of shouting"

Ramon Sinkeldam describes the horrific crash which left him and six of his Giant-Alpecin teammates in hospital on a training ride in Spain

Ramon Sinkeldam at the 2015 Tour of Qatar (Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Giant-Alpecin's Ramon Sinkeldam described the moment when a car, reportedly driven by a British tourist, drove into his group of riders, leaving him and five teammates hospitalised.

The Dutchman suffered cuts and bruises in the accident in Calpe, Spain, requiring 24 stitches to his knee, while teammates John Degenkolb, Max Walscheid and Warren Barguil received broken bones.

Chad Haga remains in hospital awaiting surgery on his eye socket, while Frederik Ludvigsson escaped with cuts and bruises.

But Sinkeldam says the riders are now out of danger.

"The group panicked, a car came straight at us," he told NOS. "There was a lot of shouting, I then lost a lot.

"The worst is that you talk to people, escorts who were there - that you see them so emotional. Maybe I'm lucky that I did not experience that consciously. Because you look on the battlefield and you see six people that are in your team, your family, on the ground and are almost not moving, then what it does to you.

"Luckily we are all out of danger. "

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.