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Dramatic video as team car crashes into wall ahead of Vuelta team time trial

Squeal of brakes as driver overshoots corner – but luckily no-one hurt

There was plenty of drama at yesterday’s opening time trial of the Vuelta a Espana in Torrevieja, not least the crash that brought down four members of the Jumbo-Visma team including co-leaders Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswik.

But even before the 13.4-kilometre race against the clock there had already been what could have been a very serious incident indeed as the driver of a team car overshot a corner during a reconnaissance of the course.

The car in question belonged to the Euskadi Basque Country-Murias team and was following the UCI Professional Continental outfit’s riders as they took a look at the course.

They went through the corner smoothly – the driver behind less so, with a squeal of brakes as he tried to keep control of the vehicle, which then crashed into barriers and the wall of a building.

Local police were on hand immediately, but it doesn’t bear thinking about what might have happened had the car exited the circuit where they, and a number of spectators, were watching.

There was another incident involving a team car once the time trial proper got under way as Deceuninck-Quick Step riders were forced to swerve when they came round a corner and discovered the Lotto-Visma team car parked at the roadside as a mechanic gave assistance to a rider.

The Belgian team lost out on the stage win by just 2 seconds to Astana, and without that incident may well have have won the stage.

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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