Woman hit by Lamborghini pace car during Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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A woman was clipped by a Lamborghini pace car at last night’s Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix women’s race just after 6 p.m.

The incident occurred seconds before riders crossed the finish line after completing the final and 35th lap (42 kilometres) around the city street race course.

The victim, who was a race official, collided with the side mirror of the Lamborghini and suffered minor injuries. Paramedics were called in to take her to hospital, which delayed the start time for the men’s race.

The men’s race was not collision-free either. At least 15 riders were taken out early in the race after they crashed in the third lap at the course’s first turn around Water Street and West Cordova Street.

Nobody was injured, although the riders were not able to take their bikes out of the maintenance pit before the free lap ended. The men’s race was 50 laps (60 kilometres) long.

The Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix is part of BC Superweek, a series of 9 races held over 10 days in the province.

2014 Women’s Race Winners

  1. Leah Kirchmann
  2. Joanne Kiesanowski
  3. Samantha Schneider

2014 Men’s Race Winners

  1. Luke Keough
  2. Ryan Anderson
  3. Ken Hanson

During yesterday’s race, the Gastown tech company also announced that in addition to its key role in the major annual Vancouver race, it would become the multi-year title sponsor for the Canadian national teams and Canadian Road Cycling Championships. The aim is to become one of the world’s professional leading cycling nations by 2020.

 

 

Featured Image: Corey Coates via Facebook

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