Taxi hits riders in Costa Rica bike race

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SAN JOSÉ: A taxi driver struck three lead cyclists — two of them German — competing in a Costa Rica road race that had just started out from the capital San Jose, authorities said. None of the riders was seriously hurt in Monday’s mishap. Video shot by spectators showed the taxi pulling out from the curb after police cars with sirens blaring swept ahead of the 100-strong pack taking part in the first stage of the Vuelta a Costa Rica. The taxi then suddenly swung left across the path of the cyclists, causing the riders at the front to collide with it and sending them tumbling to the asphalt. One of those hurt, German rider Jan-Niklas Junguer, suffered lesions but was able to continue the race, said a local traffic police chief, Eddy Brenes. The accident was referred to prosecutors for investigation. The taxi driver, who denied he had done anything wrong, was not hurt.

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