Incident happened just a few hundred metres after the start of stage one

Katusha’s Sven Erik Bystrom was the first casualty of the Tour de Yorkshire, forced to abandon with facial injuries after just a few hundred metres. The 2014 under-23 road race world champion apparently came a cropper on a cattle grid in an incident that saw a number of riders hit the deck.

TV coverage of the incident showed Bystrom lying face down on the ground following his fall. As the other riders picked themselves up, one even dropped his rear wheel onto Bystrom’s back, not knowing he was there.



The cause of the crash, it seems, was a cattle grid.



Bystrom seemed phlegmatic about his abandonment and later confirmed that he hadn’t suffered any broken bones.

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