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Videos: Neutral service car knocks two cyclists out of Tour of Flanders

Shimano vehicle hits Jesse Sergent, then rear-ends team car into Sebastien Chavanel

A Shimano neutral service car at the Tour of Flanders today knocked Trek Factory Racing rider Jesse Sergent off his bike, with another incident seeing a Shimano vehicle rear-end an FDJ.Fr car that had stopped to provide assistance to Sebastien Chavanel - the impact shunting the French team's car into the cyclist.

Here's the incident involving Sergent, part of a seven-rider breakaway group and who was confirmed afterwards to have broken his collarbone.

Here's the one which resulted in Chavanal being knocked off his bike - he too took no further part in the race.

During the 2011 Tour de France a car belonging to host broadcaster France Televisions swerved into the path of Juan Antonio Flecha, then with Team Sky, causing him to crash and cataputing Vacansolei-DCM's Jonny Hoogerland into a barbed wire fence.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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