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Video: Huge crash at end of opening stage of Tour de Yorkshire

Dutch champion Dylan Groenwegen wins in Scarborough but there was carnage behind him

Today’s opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire finished with a head-to-head sprint between Orica-Scott’s Caleb Ewan and Dylan van Groenwegen, who prevailed to win a sprint in the race for the second year running and with it, the race lead.

But the finale in Scarborough today was marred by a huge crash that saw a number of riders hit the deck hard around 100 metres from the line, only 15 or so men not coming down or being held up behind those who had fallen.

Among those injured was Yorkshire native Russ Downing of JLT Condor, who broke his collarbone.

The crash appears to have been caused by Team Sky’s Luke Rowe touching the back wheel of Orica-Scott’s Magnus Cort Nielsen, who had just peeled off after leading out Ewan.

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