Flecha: Tour crash driver did not say sorry

Juan Antonio Flecha, Team Sky (Getty)

Team Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha, who was hit by an overtaking France TV car during the Tour de France, has expressed his regret that the driver had not come to say sorry for causing the accident.

"He hasn't come to say sorry and I think that if he were to come, I wouldn't even talk with him," Flecha said in comments published by Spanish newspaper El Pais.

"France TV also did not say sorry to me."

Flecha and Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland had been part of a five-man breakaway that was vying for victory in Sunday's 208km stage from Issoire to Saint-Flour in the Massif Central.

The pair were hit by the France TV car 35km from home. Vacansoleil rider Hoogerland was sent somersaulting into a barbed wire fence while Flecha hit the deck at full speed.

Both riders finished the race, with Hoogerland stepping on to the podium, in tears, to receive the best climber's polka dot jersey.

He later had 33 stitches inserted to close deep gashes in his leg.

Flecha, who along with Hoogerland started the 10th stage, is now afraid he won't go much further. Three consecutive stages in the Pyrenees start on Thursday.

"I'm more concerned about the Pyrenees. I can't bypass the Pyrenees," said the Spaniard, who suffered mainly cuts and grazes.

Meanwhile, Flecha's team are pondering whether to take legal action against the driver of the French television car.

Team principal Dave Brailsford said the crash "shouldn't have happened", adding the team were going over all their options.

"There are different options available, but (we'll wait) until we've got the facts and got the lawyers to say 'you could do this', 'Team Sky could do that', 'Juan as an individual might want to do that'.

"We need to have a clear picture of what those options are before we then decide which one we may or may not wish to pursue."

Asked whether that meant pursuing legal proceedings, Brailsford added: "All the options is all the options."

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