A TEENAGE boy was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a Tour de France team car during the event in Ilkley yesterday.
The teenager suffered serious leg injuries and was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary after falling from the roadside into the path of the car, which was following behind the race, at around 12.40pm on Saturday, July 5.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said the boy was in a stable condition after undergoing surgery.
The incident in Ilkley has prompted police to urge the large crowds to stay safe whilst watching the Stage 2 of the Tour de France today, which goes from York to Sheffield.
The spokesperson added: “Police enquiries remain ongoing into the incident but it appears to have been an unfortunate accident. We wish him a speedy recovery.”
Assistant chief constable Mark Milsom, the Police Gold Commander for the Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Départ, said: “Saturday was an amazing day with unbelievable crowds and we are expecting the same again today.
“Safety remains a top priority for the police and everybody involved in organising the event, so please stay off the routes when the caravan and peloton are passing through.
“Your safety matters to us. Let’s make Yorkshire proud again today.”
A woman on a bicycle was also involved in a collision with a car in the Reeth area of North Yorkshire.
She was taken to hospital for treatment and her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
More than a million people turned out to watch stage one yesterday, with huge crowds surrounding the riders as they tackled the climbs over the moors of the Yorkshire Dales.