Spanish amateur suffers huge cut to neck and chest after hitting crash barrier

The 18-year-old was descending a mountain pass when he hit the guardrail

A Spanish amateur suffered a gruesome cut to his neck and chest after he crashed and hit a guard rail.

Andoni Azkarate. 18, was racing the amateur Euskadi Cycling Championships on Sunday (June 16) when he left the road while descending the Gontzegaraine mountain pass and hit the railing.

Sports director at Azkarate's Grupo Euelen team, former rider David Etxeberría, has called for the barriers to be removed.

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Etxeberría, who raced for Euskatel-Euskadi and Astana in the early noughties, said on Twitter: “Yesterday we won without winning. It was just a scare, but what a fright.

“[It’s] 2019 and we continue with blades (fear removers) on the roads.

“The kid is fine but you think about what might have been.

“I hope these blades disappear from our roads.”

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Azkarate suffered cuts to his ear, cheek and chin, as well as a huge slash that ran from his neck and across his chest

Fortunately his injuries were not more serious, so he was discharged from hospital and hopes to return to competition soon.

Earlier this month, an under-23 Paris-Roubaix rider was left with a gruesome wound to his leg he says was caused by a disc brake.

Matteo Jorgenson, who rides for the Ag2r La Mondiale development squad, was caught in a crash at the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs on Sunday, June 2) that left him needing surgery.

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The 19-year-old American, who posted a picture of the gash on social media, said the horrific injury was caused by another rider’s disc rotor.

Jorgensson said: “You can be third wheel and still get crashed. Waiting for surgery due to someone’s disc rotor.

“Didn’t believe they could do this until it happened to me. Thankful for my parents being here.”

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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.