Tom Baylis suffered one of the scariest moments in his life after an asthma attack left him unable to breathe in the Tour de Yorkshire third stage finale.
The Taunton-born rider was pushing towards the front when his chest tightened up heading through Scarborough, the penultimate finish point of the four-stage event.
That meant a frightening last ten minutes ensued for the ONE Pro Cycling rider – relieved at just crossing the finish line after rolling out of Richmond earlier in the day.
“I started leading out with the boys with 10km to go which was a bit stop-start, but with about 7km to go I started tightening up and couldn’t breathe,” he explained.
“I had an asthma attack, I don’t know whether it was from the allergies but I knew it was something that needed looking at, but after that it was lights out for my race.
“I finished the race still but when you can’t breathe, you can’t be putting in your all for the guys.
“I was still getting there after the race, the team doctor looked at me and I was warming down at the end so things seem to be okay.”
This unfortunate incident was somewhat a rarity for Baylis, the first time he has suffered an asthma attack in the middle of the race.
Indeed his bid for medical assistance proved in vain too, forced to push right through to the finish line unaided.
Just 24 hours earlier Baylis was flying high after being crowned Dimension Data most active rider of the day – as voted for by the fans – thanks to his efforts from Barnsley to Ilkley.
But with this more than providing a scare, just getting to the finish line on Sunday’s fourth stage from Halifax to Leeds is the highest point on the agenda.
“The TV helicopter was going overhead, that may have caused it and we went through a lot of fields – I’m not too sure what it was but we need to have a look at it,” he added.
“It was a bit of a shock and I pulled off the front and tried to call for the doctor’s car, but without being able to breathe I couldn’t speak.
“The car then went straight past me so I was stuck in no man’s land without an inhaler or anything to relieve my chest. It was a little bit scary for five minutes or so.
“But I’m still competing and I’m back on Sunday, there’s a lot of work to do, hopefully in the breakaway so we’ll get back to that.”
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