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A teenage cyclist hit by a concrete-pumping truck in Melbourne's bayside this morning was lucky to escape with only minor injuries, say police.
The 16-year-old rider was part of a group of about 50 cyclists on an early-morning ride along Beach Road in Mordialloc when he unexpectedly swerved out of the pack and into the path of the truck.
"The front of the pack slowed up suddenly for some reason and this rider appears to have panicked," a police spokesman from the Moorabbin Traffic Management Unit said.
"He didn't see the truck coming and got collected on the way through."
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The spokesman said the truck, which was travelling in the same direction, braked and steered away from the cyclist but clipped the bike's rear wheel, catapulting the rider onto the road.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesman said the collision happened on the corner of High Street and Beach Road about 6am.
The injured cyclist was taken to the Monash Medical Centre in a stable condition.