Pro roadie Andrei Kivilev, best known for his fourth-place finish in the 2001 Tour de France, died last week after a crash during the Paris-Nice stage race. The 29-year-old Kazakh cyclist suffered a fractured skull and lapsed into a coma. He died the next morning.
He was not wearing a helmet. “The injury Andrei sustained on his skull is located at a point that would have been protected by a helmet,” said the Cofidis team physician. “Riders are free to wear a helmet or not, even though as doctors we would all like to see that it becomes obligatory.” Please, wear a helmet every time you ride. (Thanks to our friends at RoadBikeRider for this valuable message.) Avoiding a crash in the first place is just as important as wearing a helmet in the event of one. To improve your riding skills and learn to ride more safely and with greater confidence, check out the League’s BikeEd program. (From the League of American Bicyclists BikeLeague News dated 3/21/03)