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AG2R's Quentin Jauregui hurt elbow in incident at Four Days of Dunkirk...

The safety of riders due to the presence of motorbikes at races has been in the spotlight again this weekend after a rider was injured on Friday after a crash caused by a TV moto rider stopping after  taking a wrong turn at the Four Days of Dunkirk race in France.

Quentin Jauregui of AG2R-La Mondiale, who hurt his elbow in the incident, was one of several cyclists who followed the motorbike as its rider mistakenly took a right turn at a roundabout in the closing kilometres of Friday’s Stage 2 instead of going straight on.

Jauregui was able to complete the stage, albeit in last place. The incident comes a month and a half after Wanty-Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié died from injuries sustained when he was run over by a motorbike after crashing at Gent-Wevelgem.

> Team Wanty-Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié dies after Gent-Wevelgem crash

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Gkam84 [9098 posts] 11 months ago
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The problem here is, the motorbike was slowing down and pulling into the side of the road to turn around. He was actually getting out of the way, riders also need to be aware. In this case, the rider is at fault, you cannot expect a motorbike to disappear. Yes, he took a wrong turn, it happens when you don't have proper mashalling on junctions. The whole peloton needs to realise that you can't blast around with your head focused on your power meter, there are outside forces you need to look out for like all cyclists do.

No blame on the motorbike here for me, took a wrong turn, then was getting out of the way when the rider hit him.

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Grizzerly [355 posts] 11 months ago
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Always too easy to blame the motorcycle riders.  After Paris Roubaix,  a rider described  how he switched across the road and stopped dead, then complained that the motorcycle ran into him.

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Rapha Nadal [424 posts] 11 months ago
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Definitely the fault of disc brakes.

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wycombewheeler [1037 posts] 11 months ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Definitely the fault of disc brakes.

 

need to banned from Motos

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Jamminatrix [137 posts] 11 months ago
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This issue happens often... UCI rules (and past ruling) state racers must know the entire course route and not be dependent upon race vehicles for navigation. Riders followed the moto the wrong direction then rear-ended said slowing moto because they weren't paying enough attention.

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Thelma Viaduct [53 posts] 11 months ago
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Ban skinny roadies, they need to beef up.

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OhYesWell [46 posts] 11 months ago
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did the moto pilot indicate his intention to pull in to the side? It's what you would expect...

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gethinceri [23 posts] 11 months ago
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Neither the moto rider nor cameraman appeared to be showing any intention of aiding the cyclist. The accident may not have been the moto rider's fault but both he and the cameraman look bad.

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schlepcycling [57 posts] 11 months ago
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I must be watching a different clip as you can clearly see at around 8 seconds the Moto pulls to the left of the road and then starts to make a u-turn right in front of the riders so ends up going straight across the path of the guys in the front one of whom collides with the moto who's now half way across the road.  Granted the riders shoudn't blindly follow the moto but the moto pilot should have pulled over to the left hand side of the road and waited until it was safe to turn around.

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fukawitribe [1917 posts] 11 months ago
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schlepcycling wrote:

I must be watching a different clip as you can clearly see at around 8 seconds the Moto pulls to the left of the road and then starts to make a u-turn right in front of the riders so ends up going straight across the path of the guys in the front one of whom collides with the moto who's now half way across the road. 

Yep - I guess you must be.