Danish extreme cyclist in coma following accident

Anders Tesgaard hit by pickup in West Virginia

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.”

READ MORE: Danish triathlon star in miracle turnaround

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.





  • How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    Being part of a trade union is a long-established norm for Danes. But many internationals do not join unions – instead enduring workers’ rights violations. Find out how joining a union could benefit you, and how to go about it.

  • Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals are overrepresented in the lowest-paid fields of agriculture, transport, cleaning, hotels and restaurants, and construction – industries that classically lack collective agreements. A new analysis from the Workers’ Union’s Business Council suggests that internationals rarely join trade unions – but if they did, it would generate better industry standards.

  • Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    The numbers are especially striking amongst the 3,477 business and economics students polled, of whom 31 percent elected Novo Nordisk as their favorite, compared with 20 percent last year.