The safety of riders due to the presence of motorbikes at races has been in the spotlight again this weekend after a rider was injured on Friday after a crash caused by a TV moto rider stopping after taking a wrong turn at the Four Days of Dunkirk race in France.
Quentin Jauregui of AG2R-La Mondiale, who hurt his elbow in the incident, was one of several cyclists who followed the motorbike as its rider mistakenly took a right turn at a roundabout in the closing kilometres of Friday’s Stage 2 instead of going straight on.
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Jauregui was able to complete the stage, albeit in last place. The incident comes a month and a half after Wanty-Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié died from injuries sustained when he was run over by a motorbike after crashing at Gent-Wevelgem.
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