The Tour de France has suffered its second main crash in as many days, this time attributable to a rider coming into contact with a spectator.
Aerial footage from the host broadcaster confirmed American rider Sepp Kuss — driving 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 highway 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.
A number of riders have been caught up within the crash, together with Colombian Egan Bernal who received the race in 2019.
There have been no abandonments because of the crash, regardless of a number of riders exhibiting indicators of harm.
In an announcement on social media, Jumbo-Visma urged spectators to be conscious when the riders cross by.
“Please be at all times conscious when watching biking along side the highway,” they mentioned.
Whereas the crash was a serious second for the Jumbo-Visma group, their primary rider and race chief Jonas Vingegaard was capable of narrowly keep away from the carnage.
Vingegaard’s primary rival, two-time champion Tadej Pogačar additionally averted the crash in addition to Australian Jai Hindley, who entered the stage fourth within the normal classification.
There was a serious crash early on stage 14, which led to a stoppage of roughly 20 minutes as a number of riders have been assessed by medical workers.