Hayden taken to hospital after cycling crash
17 May 2017 – Nicky Hayden has been taken to hospital following a cycling incident.
Hayden, who claimed the MotoGP world title back in 2006, was riding around the city of Rimini, on the Adriatic coast, when a car struck him.
RiminiToday.it, a local news source, posted several photographs of the aftermath, showing significant damage to a car's windscreen, and a specialist road bike.
Although there has been no official comment on Hayden's condition, the Superbike World Championship confirmed that there had been a collision.
"Nicky Hayden has been involved in a training incident which saw the American be hit by a car when he was out training on his bicycle," read a statement.
"The incident occurred along the Rimini coastline this afternoon, where he has been spending time following the Italian round at Imola.
"Following the incident, emergency services were called to the scene and Hayden was transported to the local hospital.
"Ambulances arrived and Hayden was taken directly to the hospital."
Hayden, 35, pipped Valentino Rossi to his sole MotoGP crown, and continued full-time until the end of the 2015 season, though made two outings for Honda last year.
He switched to the Superbike World Championship in 2016.