Team Sky apologises after team bus involved in near-miss with cyclist

Team Sky have issued an apology after their team bus narrowly avoided a collision with a cyclist in Wales on Wednesday.

A team spokesman branded the actions of the bus driver as "unacceptable" after the cyclist concerned posted footage of the incident on Twitter.

It shows the team bus almost forcing the cyclist, Andy Rolfe, off the road as it sought to avoid oncoming traffic.

On Twitter, Rolfe, posting as @AndyRolfe65, wrote: "Team sky's bus almost taking me out, sorry about the language, but this needs to go viral for the safety of cyclists."

Team Sky sent an immediate apology to Rolfe on Twitter and issued a statement expressing their regret for the incident.

The statement read: "What is shown in the video is unacceptable and we are sorry. We've already spoken to the driver and we'll be discussing this with him again in more detail.

"We will also be speaking to all staff and reminding them of their responsibilities.

"Encouraging people to get out and on their bikes is a huge part of what we stand for as a team.

"We are a team of cyclists and we know how important it is for us, as a team, to set an example when it comes to ensuring cyclists are able to use the roads safely."

It is unclear exactly where the incident occurred but the bus was supporting riders on the Tour of Britain, which on Thursday was travelling from Aberdare to Bath.

Commenting on the incident, UK Cycling's Senior Road Safety Campaigner, Duncan Dollimore, said: "Team Sky employees should know better than most the dangers of close overtaking of cyclists.

"Cycling UK campaigns to make sure drivers are aware of these dangers, which is why we have recently requested that driver awareness of cyclists be assessed, wherever possible, within the driving test."

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