Wet and windy conditions were bad enough to grapple with in the Tirreno-Ardiatico’s opening team time trial, but Bora-Hansgrohe also had to deal with two of its riders crashing into an oblivious spectator or pedestrian early in the 21.5-km course which started and finished in Lido di Camaiore, Italy.
Not even four minutes into their run, a man crossed the wet road in front of the septet, a policeman realizing the danger and trying to yank the intruder out of the way. One Bora man managed to swerve and gesture, but Oscar Gatto and Rafal Majka plowed into the spectator. Peter Sagan escaped the carnage.
— The Puncheur (@thepuncheur) March 13, 2019
#TirrenoAdriatico – The man who was crossing the road is reported being alive and consciousness by Rai Sport.
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) March 13, 2019
Sagan and four teammates beat on for the next twenty minutes, still managing to come in faster than AG2R. Gatto and Majka, the latter bleeding from the forehead and grimacing in pain, finished on their own.
A single Canadian is in the race–Alexander Cataford of Israel Cycling Academy.