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Steve Roberts off bike for six weeks after sideswipe

JOINT New Forest Cycling Club 2011 champion Steve Roberts was rushed to hospital and treated for a badly broken collarbone and other injuries after a driver allegedly deliberately sideswiped him.
The incident happened in the traffic-calmed area between Hincheslea and South Weirs, Brockenhurst at about 2.30pm on Sunday, September 11, after Steve, from Iford, gestured at the oncoming driver after being forced to brake hard at one of the pinch points.
Steve, who tied for this year’s championship with John Heffernan, said: “I carried on through the next couple of chicanes and after about another 200 metres I heard a car approaching me from behind.
“I was on my time trial bike doing 30mph. The car pulled alongside me and as he did so he tooted his horn.
“As I looked around at him he rammed into the side of me knocking me off. I landed heavily on my side. I was laying face down on the verge, stunned.”
Several motorists stopped to help and Steve was taken to Southampton General Hospital.
“After quite a few X-rays it turns out I’ve broken my collarbone in three places, I’ve got a bad gash on my knee and some nasty road rash,” he said.
There were no witnesses, but a blonde woman cyclist wearing black coloured kit on a road bike may have seen a black hatchback car driven by a man wearing sunglasses turning in the road prior to the collision.
“She may be in a local club and be able to help identify the car or driver,” said Steve, who lives in Clingan Road, Iford.
If she, or anyone else, has information to help track down the motorist, call PC Dave Woolfrey on 0845 045 4545 quoting Reference Number 44110387426.

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