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Video: Alexandre Vinokourov films huge crash at Junior Track Worlds

Big stack takes out nearly half the field in men's scratch race...

This must be one of the worst crashes we’ve seen in a velodrome – and it happened this week at the World Junior Track Championships in Astana, Khazakstan.

It was posted to Instagram by none other than Olympic road race champion and Astana general manager Alexandre Vinokourov with the words, “This is a tough sport!”



The event in question was yesterday’s scratch race – which eight of the 20 starters failed to finish. Hopefully none of their injuries was too severe.

– Video: Horrific crash as cyclist hits velodrome starting gate that officials failed to remove

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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