The issue of rider safety in the pro peloton is in the spotlight once again after Lotto-Soudal rider Stig Broeckx was struck from behind by a motorbike during today's Belgian one-day race, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.
Video shows how the rider drifted out of the peloton towards the right of the road just as the moto approached, and despite the pilot trying to take evasive action, he was unable to avoid hitting the 25-year-old.
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The incident happened with around 35km remaining of the race, which was won by Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven.
Lotto-Soudal subsequently confirmed on Twitter that he Broeckx had been taken to hospital to be checked over.
There were a number of incidents last season of riders crashing after being hit by race vehicles, including Peter Sagan being hit by a moto at the Vuelta, and Jesse Sargent being struck by a neutral service car at the Tour of Flanders.
The bike that hit Broeckx today appeared to be carrying a member of the race's medical staff, with a red cross on the back of the passenger's hi-viz vest.
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