HUGE Crash Stalls Bike Race
Tour of Turkey
Here's the last minute or so of yesterday's Stage 2 of the Presidential Tour of Turkey. With less than a kilometer left in the day, a bunch sprint seems inevitable. Australian Mark Renshaw (Blanco Pro) leads out sprinter Theo Bos and German Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) is lining up behind one of his lead-out men. Sprinting ace and race points leader Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) is in the hunt, too. They all smell blood. Then Mark Renshaw hits the deck.
As you can see, most of the peloton went with him, piling up in a teriffic, tangled mass of bikes and body parts that blocked the entire road, stalling the race. Around a dozen men, including Greipel and eventual stage winner Aidis Kruopis (Orica-GreenEDGE) managed to dance through the pile-up and finished ahead of the main group. The rest weren't so lucky. On the bright side, there were few injuries. In fact, the only rider requiring significant medical help was Renshaw, who broke his collarbone, strained his neck, lost a tooth, and suffered a concussion. Bos got scraped up, too, and eventually dropped out of the race.
Per UCI rules, since the crash occurred within three kilometers of the finish line, all riders caught in the accident were credited the same time as the winner for the stage. That means nobody wins, right? Well, except for Greipel and Kittel, who no longer have to contend with Bos for sprint points.