Samwel Mwangi broke his femur in final stage accident

A Kenyan cyclist has had his leg amputated after a serious crash in the Tour du Rwanda.

Samwel Mwangi, who rides for the UCI Continental team Kenyan Riders Down Under, crashed in the final stage of the Tour du Rwanda, breaking the femur in his left leg.

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The break severed the femoral artery, cutting off blood circulation to the lower part of the leg, forcing doctors to amputate.

2016 was Mwangi’s first season as a full time rider, after being discovered by Kenyan Riders Down Under founder Nicholas Leong while working as a bicycle taxi operator in Eldoret in Kenya.

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Mwangi had picked up a couple of top ten placing on his first season with the UCI Continental team, but had mainly been deployed as a domestique, competing in 2.1 and 2.2 level races such as the Tour of China and the Tour de Flores.