Tour crash takes out riders: Big Crash Tour De France

Published: July 6, 2015

Tour crash takes out riders: Big Crash Tour De France, Three riders have already been taken to the hospital. White jersey-bearer Tom Dumoulin was among the riders forced to abandon.

Several riders were badly injured within the final 60 kilometers of Stage 3 of the Tour de France after two large crashes, and the stage was stopped at the foot of the Côte de Bohissau, 105 kilometers into the 159.5-kilometer race. The pileups included Fabian Cancellara, the bearer of the Maillot Jaune. According to Sky Sports, Tom Dumoulin, Simon Gerrans, William Bonnet and Dmitry Kozonchuk have all abandoned.

Enorme chute dont le maillot jaune @f_cancellara / Big crash including @f_cancellara

– Le Tour de France (@letour) July 6, 2015

La course est arrêtée pour le moment / The race is neutralised for the moment #TDF2015

– Le Tour de France (@letour) July 6, 2015

Three riders have reportedly been taken to the hospital. Cancellara was not one of them, but he appeared to be in significant pain as he rode up to the stopped group, wincing and holding his lower back.

The crash was caused by a high pace along narrow roads towards the Côte de Bohissau. The second occurred almost instantly after the first, approximately 500 meters up the road. The stage resumed in neutralized form as soon as race organizers finished sorting out the wreckage, and it remained neutralized until riders were on the other side of the Côte de Bohissau, approximately 50 kilometers from the finish.

The first crash began when Bonnet overlapped wheels with the rider in front of him. The peloton was swift, going roughly 33 or 34 miles per hour. Bonnet went down quickly, taking several riders out with him. The potential for a domino effect was high within a large peloton.


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