The Tour de France has suffered its second major crash in as many days, this time brought on by a rider coming into contact with a spectator.
Aerial footage from the host broadcaster confirmed American rider Sepp Kuss — using for Jumbo-Visma — hitting the arm of a spectator with roughly 129km left on stage 15 of the race.
After hitting the spectator, Kuss then hit his teammate Nathan Van Hooydonck, who bore the brunt of the crash as he crumpled to the street leading to a pile-up behind him.
Van Hooydonck was capable of get again onto his bike and proceed, with blood seen on his physique.
Several riders had been caught up within the crash, together with Colombian Egan Bernal who received the race in 2019.
There had been no abandonments on account of the crash, regardless of a number of riders exhibiting indicators of damage.
In a press release on social media, Jumbo-Visma urged spectators to be aware when the riders go by.
“Please be always aware when watching cycling at the side of the road,” they mentioned.
While the crash was a major second for the Jumbo-Visma crew, their foremost rider and race chief Jonas Vingegaard was capable of narrowly keep away from the carnage.
Vingegaard’s foremost rival, two-time champion Tadej Pogačar additionally averted the crash in addition to Australian Jai Hindley, who entered the stage fourth within the basic classification.
There was a major crash early on stage 14, which led to a stoppage of roughly 20 minutes as a number of riders had been assessed by medical employees.