Remember Chris Froome running hell for leather up Mont Ventoux to try and keep the yellow jersey after he was caught up in a crash during the 2016 Tour de France? That’s the image that springs to mind watching this footage of an American rider sprinting for the line after he crashed at a race in Belgium at the weekend – and he managed to hold on for 10th place.
The incident happened at the Gullegem Kermesse race in Flanders, with Eamon Lucas’s bike left unrideable after he came down inside the closing 300 metres when another rider moved across him.
But rather than his race ending there and then, he decided to pick himself up off the ground, and ran for the line, with Lucas, who rides for the Belgian team Shifting Gears-Geldhof Jielker making it home in 10th place.
Because it is an amateur race, UCI rules that require a rider to have their bike with them when they cross the line weren’t applicable, and organisers allowed the result to stand.
— Romaric Capoen (@RomaricCapoen1) June 8, 2019
That contrasts with the situation Froome found himself in three years ago, when there was no replacement bike immediately at hand, leading him to decide to run towards the finish, which due to high winds on the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux had been brought forward to the village of Bedoin.
A new bike did arrive, but initially it looked like the Team Sky rider would lose two minutes to Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema, who were also involved in the incident, which happened when a race moto immediately in front of them stalled.
However, commissaires decided to give defending champion Froome the same time as them, and hewould go on to win his third yellow jersey in Paris, making it four when he retained his title the following year.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.