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The horror fall took place during a time trial at the Tour de Moselle, with the rider falling on his front and skidding for a considerable distance before coming to an agonising halt

The victim, Maxime Roger of Chambrey CF Cycling Club, was travelling at around 60km/h when his TT extensions became detached from the base bars, according to an interview on French cycling website directvelo.com.

While at first it appears the fall was as a direct result of Roger's TT bars coming away from their mounts, road.cc's own Jo Burt pointed out that his tyre also appears to blow, which further knocked the rider's balance and ability to possibly save himself by quickly grabbing onto the base bars. Talk about getting all your mechanicals out the way in one go.

Roger painfully skids along the floor before coming to a stop near a grass verge, ending his day and his participation in the multi-stage event.

Edit: It appears the rider wasn't very seriously injured after the fall, explaining in the interview with DirectVelo that he has very sore knees but hopes to be racing again at the end of the month at the Trophy of Champions event.

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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danthomascyclist [346 posts] 2 months ago
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Nasty. Hope he's okay. It looks like the wet tarmac might have been a saving grace as his hands appeared to glide along.

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Another David [29 posts] 2 months ago
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Team Radio: Roger and out. Looks nasty though, hope he's OK.

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jh27 [99 posts] 2 months ago
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Ouch, and no gloves either.

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Jack Sexty [38 posts] 2 months ago
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Apologies for not clarifying whether the rider was ok folks - in his interview with DirectVelo he says he cant bend one knee, is very sore but hopes to be racing again soon... so it looks like no long-term damage sustained luckily! 

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Prosper0 [106 posts] 2 months ago
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Why you should always wear gloves! 

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dottigirl [808 posts] 2 months ago
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Oof.

Think the tyre went after he got a foot down - you see the spray of white. Mind, his right foot unclipping could have unbalanced him first...

One hell of a slide. I wonder how much of the front of that skinsuit remained? 

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John Stevenson [304 posts] 2 months ago
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Prosper0 wrote:

Why you should always wear gloves! 

Sliding along like that it looks like the poor guy could have done with a codpiece too.

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bikedoofus [37 posts] 2 months ago
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The tyre blew after his weight was already off the bike, didn't cause the crash.  I wonder if someone used the wrong bolts of over-torqued them?

Main question in my mind is why on earth he wasn't wearing gloves?  I wear kevlar palmed gloves for this reason exactly.

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Yorkshire wallet [1519 posts] 2 months ago
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John Stevenson wrote:
Prosper0 wrote:

Why you should always wear gloves! 

Sliding along like that it looks like the poor guy could have done with a codpiece too.

Was about to say, never mind the gloves!

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 2 months ago
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Gloves. The 2 pieces of protective equipment I'd actually go back home for if I forgot.

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Krazyfrenchkanuck [26 posts] 2 months ago
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I thought that the Superman position was banned by the UCI.

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atlaz [255 posts] 2 months ago
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In full AG2R skin suit and associated kit with one of their Factor TT bikes. Are we sure the rider is who he said he is?

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davamagic [1 post] 2 months ago
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atlaz wrote:

In full AG2R skin suit and associated kit with one of their Factor TT bikes. Are we sure the rider is who he said he is?

 

Chambery CF is the feeder team for AG2R.

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Ush [1008 posts] 2 months ago
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Whoooaaa!  I am going to have nightmares about that.  

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hawkinspeter [1049 posts] 2 months ago
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Forget helmets - always wear some gloves. Maybe knee-pads should be considered if this happens to you a lot.

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dottigirl [808 posts] 2 months ago
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Regarding the lack of gloves, I remarked during the GT TTs this year that many of the pros weren't wearing gloves. They must not be considered 'aero'. 

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racyrich [304 posts] 2 months ago
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He hits a bit of a speed hump where those road markings are.  That sudden impact on carbon bars and possible over-torquing and bang.

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AndyJS [4 posts] 2 months ago
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Ouch that looks so scary. Very lucky he didn't hit anything else, it could have been worse. I would find it difficult to trust that kit again. Any ideas why did the bars break away? Was it a carbon fibre part which simply failed or where they clipped on somehow? 

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FrankH [66 posts] 2 months ago
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Jack Sexty wrote:

Apologies for not clarifying whether the rider was ok folks - in his interview with DirectVelo he says he cant bend one knee, is very sore but hopes to be racing again soon... so it looks like no long-term damage sustained luckily! 

That's all very well but you didn't answer the important question: is the bike damaged?

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Bigfoz [143 posts] 2 months ago
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Chambery is the Amateur feeder team for AG2R - https://www.chamberycyclismeformation.com/ Maxime Roger is listed on front page, in his kit...

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wycombewheeler [1234 posts] 2 months ago
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He's lucky to just miss the kerb. Would have been more serious.

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dottigirl [808 posts] 2 months ago
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AndyJS wrote:

Any ideas why did the bars break away? Was it a carbon fibre part which simply failed or where they clipped on somehow? 

When I watched it in full screen and slow, it looked like the single vertical 'riser' piece between the extensions and the base bars snaps clean in half.

I'm not au fait with TT stuff, but are the extensions usually that far proud of the base bars?

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Jharrison5 [138 posts] 2 months ago
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Just occasionally, the dubious brown shorts come in handy

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cyclisto [314 posts] 2 months ago
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Wow that was spectacular and with very good video coverage! Luckily the guy had a lot of space to absorb his energy.

On the glove debate about protection I think it is a bit of an overkill even though if it is permanently visible that I have lost a square inch or two of skin. I only wear gloves when it is cold.

And yes such videos reassure me that carbon should belong only to the racers

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ChrisB200SX [558 posts] 2 months ago
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I can't figure out why he unclipped and threw his leg forward, looks like he was able to fall onto the base bar, may have even stayed on?!

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BehindTheBikesheds [881 posts] 2 months ago
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racyrich wrote:

He hits a bit of a speed hump where those road markings are.  That sudden impact on carbon bars and possible over-torquing and bang.

That should never happen with CF, unless they've already being damaged somehow or were faulty, You might over wrench the bolts a bit but to have that outcome from such an impact, no way., that would be ridiculous

I've been cycling daily on CF bars for a while now, between 95 and 107kg  the (Bottechia) CF bars on my commuter/utility bike have had some serious hammering over the last 8 years including more than a few incidents with motors ending with injury. Still no sign of damage.

 

As others have said, gloves, gloves, gloves! The most important protective aid a person riding a bike will ever wear.

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BehindTheBikesheds [881 posts] 2 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

Wow that was spectacular and with very good video coverage! Luckily the guy had a lot of space to absorb his energy. On the glove debate about protection I think it is a bit of an overkill even though if it is permanently visible that I have lost a square inch or two of skin. I only wear gloves when it is cold. And yes such videos reassure me that carbon should belong only to the racers

Gloves are overkill, just lol, it would seem it's not just the 'pros' that are stupid over matters of safety.

 

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Leviathan [2841 posts] 2 months ago
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atlaz wrote:

In full AG2R skin suit and associated kit with one of their Factor TT bikes. Are we sure the rider is who he said he is?

I bet it is one of those magic skinsuits that transmits all the damage to your skin but doesn't tear.

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letrip [5 posts] 2 months ago
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That guy knows how to fall. He kept his elbows up all through that slide..........no road rash elbows for him....that was a rapid unclip and step forward as well. Ooof....

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RobD [533 posts] 2 months ago
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He's pretty lucky the side of the road was as clear as it was. something failing like that is one thing that really scares me (pretty irrationally) so every month or two I like to undo bolts on the stem and headset, regrease and reassemble to correct torque, I've seen the result of what happened to a friend who's stem slipped and sent them over the bars on a downhill. The dentist bill was quite big

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