Award-winning cyclist Dale Stetina in critical condition

Sept. 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Award-winning former professional cyclist Dale Stetina is in critical condition after being involved in a bike accident in Colorado, officials said.

Stetina, who twice won Colorado's Coors Classic and is a member of the Bicycle Hall of Fame, was injured Saturday when a Jeep sport utility vehicle collided with a group of cyclists along Lefthand Canyon, the Denver Post reported.

All of the other cyclists in the group were able to avoid the vehicle, which was being driven by a an adult man, except for Stetina, who lost control while trying to maneuver around the vehicle and fell off his bike. Stetina was wearing a helmet.

"He swerved and braked so hard he went over the handlebars," said Cpl. Heather Cobler of the Colorado State Patrol.

Stetina was airlifted to a hospital in Boulder where he was in critical condition, the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera reported.

Wayne Stetina, the 57-year-old cyclist's brother, said doctors have not been able to give a prognosis, adding that they would know more after 72 hours.

The driver of the vehicle has not been charged, but police are still investigating the incident.

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