The drivers of the two Shimano neutral service cars involved in serious accidents at the Tour of Flanders have been revealed as a police officer, and a former professional cyclist, according to Sporza.

The car involved in the incident with the New Zealander Jesse Sergent (Trek) was revealed to have been driven by a police officer.

Shortly after that first incident, another Shimano car was involved in a crash, after it shunted into a FDJ team car. The FDJ car, in turn, drove into their rider Sebastien Chavanel, who had stopped on the pavement, pushing him into the air.

The driver of the second car was revealed to be former professional, Paul Van Hyfte. The Belgian spent much of his career with the Lotto and CSC teams. Amongst his biggest wins were Schaal Sels and Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen.

Shimano have since apologised for what happened.


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