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.
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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.
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.