Director of ‘Volta da Portugal’ run over on European Day without Cars
Joaquim Gomes : Lusa

Director of ‘Volta da Portugal’ run over on European Day without Cars

Joaquim Gomes suffers head and arm injuries, but is ‘okay’

Today is European Day without Cars – and very unfortunately Joaquim Gomes, the director of Volta da Portugal (annual cycle rally), found himself run over in Lisbon … by a car that “did not stop at a red light”.

The truth is that European Days like this one do not stand for much, particularly in Portugal where so many people are required to travel long distances to and from work, or even for their work.

Certainly, Joaquim Gomes was doing his bit for the occasion. He was on his bicycle, spinning down the Avenida da Liberdade at a cool 40 km/h this morning, when everything went pearshaped.

He told Rádio Renascença: “Fortunately I am okay. But I can tell you one thing: in 18 years of cycling, I don’t remember such a violent fall…”

The car that collided with Mr Gomes was driven by an ‘Englishman’… Joaquim Gomes has described him as a “poor thing” and “very kind”, so clearly things could have been a lot worse.

According to O Jogo, in spite of telling reporters he was ‘okay’, Mr Gomes was still under observation in hospital at lunchtime.

natasha.donn@portugalresident.com