— Guy Wolstencroft (@r8uge) April 10, 2016
Following Matthew Hayman’s victory at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, video of a crash taken by a spectator on one of the courses many cobbled sections surfaced on Twitter. The video captures a dangerous collision between a rider and a motorbike, a story that is unfortunately becoming all too familiar in professional cycling.
As the peloton speeds along one of Paris-Roubaix’s 27 cobbled sectors, a Orica-GreenEdge rider appears to lose control of his bike causing a pile up on the narrow road. A motorbike that was following the race loses control and slides into Elia Viviani of Team Sky who had slowed down because of the bottleneck caused by the crash. Viviani gets pinned against the barriers by the motorbike and is seen holding his rib cage following the collision but fortunately his team announced that checks revealed no fractures after a visit to the local hospital.
The crash comes just a few weeks after Belgian Antoine Demoitié passed away following a collision at Gent-Wevelgen involving a motorbike.