Cycling crash carnage sees Tour de France favourites land in concrete ditch

Defending Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard was concerned in a horror crash throughout Thursday’s stage of the Itzulia Basque Country.

The peloton was descending down the Olaeta, the primary of three climbs through the run-in to the end. And throughout high-speed nook, quite a few riders misplaced management of their bikes – sending them right into a storm drain that was in conjunction with the highway.

Two-time defending champion Vingegaard was shortly picked out by the cameras, whereas Itzulia chief and one of many favourites to take Vingegaard’s crown in the summertime Primoz Roglic was additionally within the storm drain.

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Further replays confirmed one other Tour favorite, Remco Evenepoel, going over his handlebars, however fortunately avoiding the drain. Evenepoel, who was clutching his collarbone, and Roglic have been in a position to stroll to ambulances.

While Vingegaard was stretchered into the again of one other ambulance. The race was shortly neutralised as there was lack of medical autos out there for the remainder of the race.

Natnael Tesfatsion additionally got here down together with Jay Vine, Alexander Cepeda and Sean Quinn. Vine seemed to be the worst affected, laying immobile within the ditch, and his crew confirmed on X: “Jay is conscious and talking. We will give an update later after further medical checks.”

Evenepoel, Roglic and Vingegaard had been anticipated to lock horns when the Tour de France rolls out of Florence in June. And Itzulia had been billed as a preview for the three to do battle – with out the fourth favorite Tadej Pogacar.

However, it has been a troublesome week for all three, with Evenepoel additionally crashing through the first stage’s time-trial, whereas Roglic went down heavy on Wednesday – the place he required a prolonged concussion test.

A press release from the race mentioned: “The mountain pass of Untzilla is canceled and it is neutralised until Eskoriatza. The organisation waiting for doctors to rejoin the course.”

However, the peloton wouldn’t begin racing once more, rolling to the end line, whereas the breakaway got license to do battle for the win.