A string of professional cyclo-cross stars raced toward me, as I, with camera in hand, got ready to shoot – ‘Click’ went the shutter, ‘flash’ went the bulb and at that same moment Bart Wellens’ crashed to the ground screaming, “I can’t see, I’m blind, I can’t see”.

Fellow riders flew to his aid and I went cold. With concern growing and team manager Danny de Bie giving me a piercing stare that suggested that I had poked Bart in the eyes, I stepped forward to assist….

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