Commonwealth Games: Horror crash at track cycling sees Matt Walls fly into crowd

A horror crash at the Commonwealth Games track cycling has seen Matt Walls fly into the crowd.

A massive pile-up of riders at the Lee Valley VeloPark occurred during the men’s scratch race second heat in qualifying on day three of Birmingham 2022.

Walls required medical attention and was later taken to hospital, with Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man taken away on a stretcher, leading to a round of applause from the spectators.

A member of the crowd was taken away in a wheelchair covered in blood, while a young girl received treatment for a cut to her arm.

Screens were eventually put up around the area in which Walls was treated.

Riders crash on the final lap in the men’s 15km scratch qualifying racing

(AP)

It is the second major crash in as many days after Joe Truman was knocked out cold and suffered a broken suspected collarbone after the 70 km/h smash at the velodrome.

The rest of the session at the velodrome was soon abandoned with the venue cleared. Only one extra sprint race was scheduled before a break.

Matt Walls of England crashes at the Lee Valley VeloPark

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There were not enough riders upright at the end of the race for the result to stand.

A statement from British Cycling read: “Following a crash in the men’s scratch, Matt Walls & Matt Bostock are being treated by medics before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

“We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident, and will provide a further update when we can.”

Riders crash on the final lap in the men’s 15km scratch qualifying racing

(AP)

While Team England added: “Following a crash in the cycling men’s scratch race, Matt Walls has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

“We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident, and will provide a further update when we can.”

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