Marco Coledan hit by a car in northern Italy
Nov 18 2017 04:57 pm CET

Marco Coledan hit by a car in northern Italy
Marco Coledan hit by a car in northern Italy
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Italy's Marco Coledan has suffered an accident when a car hit the small group of cyclists he was training with in the north of Italy.

Coledan, who is leaving Wilier Selle Italia for Trek-Segafredo, was riding on the streets of Mareno di Piave when a car came on one side of the road while another was overtaking a group composed by him and other riders like Simone Andreetta (Bardiani-CSF), Andrea Vendrame (Androni) and Franco Pellizotti, as was reported by Italian website Tuttobiciweb.

The rider couldn't avoid crashing against one of the cars. The diagnose of the accident was a broken jaw, four broken teeth and chin and lip injuries that required ten stitches.

"I'm used to accidents by now. When I got up and I could taste the blood in my mouth I realised what had happened," he said to the Italian site. "Pellizotti, Vendrame and Andreetta came to give me first aid. They cleaned my wounds while we were waiting for the ambulance to arrive."

Despite the accident, the rider still looks forward to his new challenges. "In the 2018 season I will be riding for Wilier Selle Italia with the same objective as always: To put my experience at the service of the team and hoping that it can be useful for the Giro d'Italia."

Coledan will need around 15 days of complete rest, after which he will undergo surgery to fix the broken teeth.



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