There’s blood on the road, alot of it flowing from Orica GreenEDGE after an incident-filled Stage 3 of Le Tour de France.
Australian team Orica GreenEDGE has been smashed.
Five GreenEDGE riders were involved in massive stack that occurred 58kms from the finish.
Travelling at a lazy 80kph on a slight downhill yet innocuous stretch of road, a large slab of the peloton bit the bitumen. Skin was shredded, collar bones snapped like matchsticks and a crescendo of groans could be heard in the breeze once the wheels stopped spinning.
It’s ugly to watch as some riders are flipped into the air before landing on the road, on the verge and everywhere in between.
Fabian Cancellara – yellow jersey holder at the time of the incident – was also forced to retire. Look closely at the YouTube clip and you’ll see a yellow figure performing a somersault on his bike before hitting the sub soil beside the road. He did well to regain his feet.
Worst hit for GreenEDGE Cycling was Simon Gerrans, whose wretched luck in 2015 continues. He’s fractured his wrist, while scans revealed a fractured collarbone for Daryl Impey, who will also not start tomorrow.
Other involved in the pileup included Simon Yates, Michael Albasini and Michael Matthews but they are all expected to start tomorrow.
This clip courtesy of Orica GreenEDGE’s bike mechanic puts you on the road immediately after the event. So used are these guys to dealing with 'mechanicals' they seem completely immune to the human toll. Their job: get the bike going.
Stage 4 will see the riders hit the first section of 'pave' or cobbles. Perfect medicine for those avec brittle bones and red raw rumps.
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