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Video: Another crash at a pro race involving a motorbike rider

Incident happened at Boucles de la Mayenne UCI 2.1 race in France - thankfully none of the riders was seriously injured

Little more than a year after Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas was forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia due to injuries he sustained after crashing into a motorbike at the roadside, a similar incident has been caught on film at a race in France although thankfully none of the riders brought down was seriously hurt.

> Video: "It shouldn't happen" - Geraint Thomas on crash that wrecked his Giro d'Italia hopes

The incident happened yesterday at the UCI 2.1 Boucles de la Mayenne race in the Pays de la Loire region when a motorbike belonging to the race organisation – the specific role the rider was performing is unclear – was parked on the left-hand side of the road as the riders approached in single file.

Former world cyclo-cross champion Mathieu van der Poel  of Corendon Circus – in the race leader’s yellow jersey which he retained to seal the overall win –  managed to avoid the motorbike, but others behind him weren’t so lucky.

German 20-year-old Max Kanter of Team Sunweb’s development squad crashed, as did AG2R-La Mondiale’s Julien Duval and Vital Concept rider Tanguy Turgis although fortunately none was seriously injured.

We’ve reported on several incidents over the years in which race motorbikes have been involved in crashes, prompting calls for increased focus on rider safety.

The two most serious involved young Belgian professional cyclists.

In March 2016, Wanty-Groupe Gobert rider Antone Demoitié, aged 25, died from injuries sustained when he was run over by a motorbike after he crashed at Gent-Wevelgem.

> Team Wanty-Gobert rider Antoine Demoitié dies after Gent-Wevelgem crash

The previous month, Lotto-Soudal rider Stig Broeckx, also aged 25 at the time, was knocked off his bike when a moto rider hit him from behind in another one-day race in Belgium, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.

He escaped without serious injury on that occasion, but spent six months in a coma after another crash involving motorbikes during a race, this time at the Tour of Belgium in June of the same year.

> Lotto-Soudal’s Stig Broeckx in coma after motos involved in crash at Tour of Belgium

Two motorbikes were involved in that incident, in which 19 riders crashed with five taken to hospital.

Initially it was feared that the brain damage he sustained would lead to him being in a permanent vegetative state, but by the end of the year he had emerged from the coma and was starting to respond to stimuli.

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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