It's already not straightforward to pedal 4 hours and mechanical incidents or falls are commonplace inside a peloton of a biking race.
This Saturday, May 28, during the third stage of the Boucles de la Mayenne, it was the TV manufacturing helicopter that brought about discord. Flying apparently too low, the machine brought about the fall of a number of runners.
In the press launch from the commissaires (a doc printed on the finish of every stage of a cycle race), it's stipulated: “the organizing committee and the jury of commissaires deplore the low altitude flight of the helicopter which caused the fall of five runners, one of whom was taken to hospital. The production has been asked to intervene on its staff so that this does not happen again.“
A Breton runner within the hospital
The hardest hit runner is Alan Riou (Team Arkea Samsic). The Breton suffers from elbow and knee accidents. Forced to abandon, the Lannionnais was evacuated to the hospital in Château-Gontier.
The younger Paul Penhoet (Groupama-FDJ) was additionally caught on this fall, says its sports activities director, Yvon Madiot : “the helicopter was flying low, this brought about a wave within the peloton and a number of other riders flew off to the aspect of the street, together with my rider. Paul had simply entered the peloton after a puncture and it fell proper in entrance of him.“Paul Penhoët suffered from ankle ache as soon as the stage was over.
Incidents of this sort have already occurred in different biking races such because the Tour of Italy or the Tour of Spain.