Danish extreme cyclist in coma following accident

Christian Wenande
June 25th, 2015

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Anders Tesgaard hit by pickup in West Virginia

Anders Tesgaard has taken part in the gruelling Race Across America three times (photo: Anders Tesgaard)

The Danish extreme cyclist Anders Tesgaard is in a coma after being hit by a pickup while taking part in the US extreme cycling race Race Across America yesterday.

Tesgaard, 40, was third in the gruelling 4,800 kilometre coast-to-coast race at the time of the accident and only 600 kilometres away from the finish line.

“We’ve spoken with the doctor and Anders’ condition is critical,” an update on Tesgaard’s Facebook page revealed. “He’s sustained a fractured skull and has been put in an induced coma after being hit from behind.”

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Close to finishing
The race started in Oceanside, California on June 16 and the Dane was cycling through Doddridge County in West Virginia when he was struck by the vehicle. The race finishes in Annapolis, Maryland.

It’s the third time that Tesgaard has taken part in the race. He finished fourth last year.

Three other Danes are still in the race. Peter Sandholt and Henning Larsen are third and fourth at the moment, while ‘Fatboy on Wheels’ is sitting seventh.


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