Greg Van Avermaet was leading the Clásica de San Sebastián until a collision with a motorbike forced him to withdraw

The general manager of BMC Racing Team says they will “explore every legal option” after Greg Van Avermaet was involved in a collision with a motorbike during the Clásica de San Sebastián yesterday.

Van Avermaet was leading on the final climb of the race when the motorbike came up behind him. The front of the bike came into contact with the bike’s rear wheel, causing the BMC rider to crash out of the race.

With Van Avermaet unable to continue because of damage to his bike, the race was won by Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge). It was Yates’s first win in a WorldTour event.

In a statement from BMC, general manager/president Jim Ochowicz said the incident “was caused by pure negligence, and cost the team millions of dollars of lost publicity”.

“Greg was robbed and the BMC Racing Team was robbed when this happened,” added Ochowicz.

Ochowicz’s full statement reads:

“Greg was robbed and the BMC Racing Team was robbed when this happened. I am appalled that this could occur in a WorldTour race.

“This is the second time this year we have had an incident with a local organizer of a WorldTour race where they have acted in a scandalous fashion. The UCI has been nowhere in this to resolve the problem. This comes back to safety issues in races where the local organizer of WorldTour events and the UCI are negligent in providing a safe racing environment.

“This was not a sporting incident. This was caused by pure negligence, which cost the team millions of dollars in lost publicity. Therefore, we plan to explore every legal option available to us.”

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  • Adam Beevers

    Not sure how a small(er) one day race produces millions of dollars worth of publicity? Is the dollar particularly weak at the moment?

  • dourscot

    With 10k to go the gap wasn’t really big enough to claim that Van Avermaet would have won for sure – that’s stretching it a bit.

  • brainimpact

    lost millions in publicity? BS You are getting more publicity over this incident than winning a one day race will bring

  • David Bassett

    Well said. No cameras no publicity no racing.

  • John Senior

    Given the number of riders, cars, motorbikes etc this sort of thing is bound to happen – without publicity that photographers etc provide and promoters putting on events there would be no world tour – and millions of dollars in publicity – it’s San Sebastian not the TdF. While it shouldn’t happen it occasionally does – and how can anyone say that GVA would have won?

  • Andy Harper

    I have said for a while now that there are far to many vehicles in these type of events. Will take something very serious to happen before UCI do anything about it.

  • Max

    who says that van Avermaet would have won?

  • Chris

    Not the first time this year! Moto riders should be properly trained!