The world renounced and iconic bike race saw ugliness today that resulted in injuries, broken hearts, and clothing so tattered from road rash that you couldn’t even read the numbers.
The first real action occurred around the 50 kilometre to go mark, courtesy of a crash so violent the race director Christian Prudhomme felt compelled to controversially neutralise the race. With the peloton humming along several minutes after passing through the feed zone, FDJ’s William Bonnet clipped a wheel, went down and skidded along the asphalt, bringing down at least 20 other riders, among them the race leader Fabian Cancellara, who appeared to suffer a concussion. Clocked at 42km-per-hour, several of the fallen were catapulted towards the stout metal base of a roadside lamp-post but had a reasonably thick grass verge to lower the velocity with which they hit it.
Eeek. Take a look…..
(Photograph: Eric Gaillard – Reuters Source: Theguardian.com )