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Ironman champion Joe Skipper “lucky to walk away” from crash

"Rest in peace bike" - English pro triathlete warns fellow cyclists that accidents can happen when you least expect them

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Last Wednesday Great Britain’s Joe Skipper, a multiple Ironman champion including a recent win at Ironman Chattanooga, was hit by a van while out training. His bike was destroyed, but luckily enough Skipper was able to walk away from the crash.


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Skipper says the van hit his bike just centimetres behind his legs. “Had the point of collision been 20cm different it could have been a very different story and I may have sustained a career ending injury,” he said in a post on his Instagram account.

“This crash happened in the middle of nowhere so be careful out there everyone and sometimes when you least expect a crash to happen it’s when it can occur,” he warned fellow triathletes.

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Skipper has enjoyed an excellent year of long-course racing in 2021 with wins at Ironman UK and Ironman Chattanooga, as well as an appearance at the Collins Cup. Thankfully, while his bike will have to “rest in peace,” we’ll get to see him compete at more triathlon races in the future.