A video has been posted on Twitter which shows the moment when Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) went crashing to the ground during yesterday’s Tour of Flanders.
In the footage posted from the Twitter account @Seal_jobs, it appears that a jacket hanging over the barriers gets caught in the World Champion’s handlebars as he climbs the Oude Kwaremont for the final time. Sagan then steers towards the foot of the next barrier before crashing to the cobbles.
Sagan posted a link to the footage saying: “Video that shows my crash at the @RondeVlaanderen was caused by a jacket that caught my left arm. These things happen in races (@Seal_jobs)”
Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R-La Mondiale) also came down in the crash which happened as the riders were pursuing lone leader Philippe Gilbert (Quick Step Floors) who went on to win the race.
Van Avermaet remounted and made a valiant effort to catch Gilbert. It was not to be, but the Olympic champion did take second place. Naesen came in 2’32” down on Gilbert in 23rd place while Sagan finished in a group 3’30” down in 27th place.
— Peter Sagan (@petosagan) April 3, 2017