Alaphilippe crashes into a motorcycle when he was going to play victory with Van Aert and Van der Poel in Flanders

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Sunday, October 18, 2020 –
15:25

A bad communication between two motorcycles caused the tremendous accident, which ended with the world champion crashing into one of them and hitting the ground hard.

Alaphilippe, in the background, crashes into a motorcycle in the Tour of Flanders.

It was the famous situation: Julian Alaphilippe, Wout Van Aert y Mathieu Van der Poel at the head of the race and with enough distance to dispute the victory in the Tour of Flandes, one of the five monuments of world cycling.

AlaphilippeHe was on his way to a historic season, even more than he already accumulated: he had won twoMilan-San Remo and Liège) and had taken the gold in the world. An ideal form state to also beat in Flanders… until a motorcycle crossed his path.

When the top three favorites to the final victory had done the hardest, escaped to 35 kilometers of finish lineVan Aert, who was pulling the trooper at full speed on the straight, passed to the left of one of the sworn motorcycles that are on the asphalt. Necessary, like camera bikes. Van der Poel, second in the relay, had to make a quick gesture to avoid the collision with the motorcycle, which had braked when it had another vehicle in front. The situation caught Alaphilippe off guard who, covered by his rival and with his left arm on his chest to communicate with his team, I didn’t react in time to dodge the bike.

He collided head-on with his right arm against her and jumped into the air, falling hard against the ground and sustaining injuries to practically the entire body. Van der Poel and Van Aert were left in ‘shock‘, cursing and shaking his head as they continued, logically, on their way to the goal.

Remco Evenepoel, who has not been able to participate in the great Tours of this year for one each, published a forceful message against motorcycles: “Damn fucking motorcycles.”


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