If you’ve been watching the 2019 Tour de France, you might have seen Danish rider Jakob Fuglsang crash pretty badly on Stage 1. It might have looked worse than it was, but crashing into the tar when whizzing around at high speed always hurts.
We all watch the crashes with morbid fascination. What we don’t always see is the skills required to avoid a crash.
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Luckily, we’ve got this little clip so that you can
appreciate the skills just a little bit.
We suspect the rider doing the hop is Jan Tratnik (Bahrain-Merida).
The original video was shared to social media by Velon CC – a company that
offers rider data and videos of cycling races.
Keep a close eye on the rider to the right.
You’ll see a rider we suspect is Fuglsang go flying across the
road later on, but watch the rider do a little mini hop to avoid a fall just
seconds before the guy in blue (who could be Fuglsang) goes down.
Once more in slow motion.
The 2019 Tour de France began in Brussels on Saturday. Stage 3 is currently on the way with the first taste of the hills beckoning for riders in the latter stages of the course.
Rank outsider Mike Teunissen won a chaotic opening stage of
the Tour de France on Saturday after a collision in the final kilometre blew
the bunch sprint wide open in Brussels.
Defending champion Geraint Thomas of Ineos was caught up in
that late fall, caused by Teunissen’s teammate sprinter Dylan Groenewegen, but
the Welshman said he was unscathed back at his team bus.
Teunissen edged Peter Sagan by a few centimetres on a
slightly uphill sprint in a photo finish at the winning line, the Slovak will
wear the green sprint points jersey Sunday after he won the early intermediate
sprint leaving him and Teunnissen on 50pts each.
Fuglsang crashed 18km from the finish but struggled back to
the peloton looking shocked and bleeding from the head.
“He’s had three stitches to the eyebrow and he needs an x-ray to check out his knee,” Astana’s team director Alexandre Vinokourov revealed.
“He looks okay but it’s never a good thing to fall heavily like that, to win a Tour you need a bit of luck,” said the former Tour rider.