Numerous riders have been caught up in a crash involving one of the race motorbikes on the final climb of today’s stage of the Giro d’Italia

On the climb of the Blockhaus, a Team Sunweb rider who was in the lead group clipped the motorbike which had pulled in at the side of the road, resulting in the rider crashing to the ground.

Numerous other riders came down in the fall including Geraint Thomas and his Team Sky team-mate Mikel Landa. Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) also came down in the crash but all three were able to remount.

Race leader Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) were amongst the riders who managed to avoid crashing.


    • Motos pulled to the side filming have been part of the race for years. Stopping suddenly, close passes, brushes, etc, are all things that have occurred in the past that resulted in crashes. The fault in those situations lies mostly with the moto drivers. This was not one of those situations.

      The key is safest possible practice on their part. Pulling off the side of the road, well ahead of the peloton, with plenty of room to pass, and in clear view of the riders, is one such safe practice. Riders who ride to close to something already fixed or didn’t see it after more than half of the group passes, are at least partially to blame. It is no different than running into other fixed obstacles on the side of the road, which has happened many times in the past as well. It is not the fault of the obstacle; it is rider error.

      In this case the moto driver has very little blame. He did the safest possible thing.

  1. On the basis the moto could have pulled either further over or even onto the grass its the motos fault. Riders mid pack can’t see that much ahead and will have been using that white line as a guide right where the moto was sitting. Could have easily been another 6 inches over and would have avoided this completely. That said front riders could have warned the riders behind of the obstacle it would have been the gentlemanly thing to do.

  2. I’m all for maximum safety out there but the moto was on the far left and not moving. Front riders should have signalled the riders behind them and moved over in this instance, no different to our weekend bunch rides when you approach an obstruction ahead……. fortunately all ok and back on the bike.


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