The MTN-Qhubeka rider was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the incident

Spectator video has emerged of Matt Brammeier’s (MTN-Qhubeka) high-speed crash at the Tour of Utah on Saturday, that left the Irish pro with serious injuries.

Brammeier was chasing back to the peloton on the descent of Guardsman’s Pass on stage six of the American race, when he appears to lose control at high-speed and fly directly into a service car which is taking a left-hand turn. The 30-year-old was left with fractures to his ribs and pelvis, as well as internal injuries.

Other riders in the video are seen taking it cautiously on the fast descent with Brammeier appearing much quicker into shot as he reaches the bend, and is then motionless as members of the public attend to him on the roadside and attempt to slow oncoming riders and vehicles.

Two riders behind then suffer incidents of their own after a motorcycle slows down on the bend  and causes them to run into the side of it.

MTN-Qhubeka team medic Dr Jarrad van Zuydam later commented on Brammeier’s condition in a statement:

“Matt Brammeier was involved in a high speed collision with a vehicle during the queen stage of the Tour of Utah. Thankfully, Matt has suffered no head, neck or spinal injuries and is currently stable in hospital. His musculoskeletal injuries are significant, however.

“He suffered rib fractures on both sides as well as a small pneumothorax. He also has fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones. Matt is unlikely to require surgery but will need some time to recover from his injuries.”

The Tour of Utah concluded on Sunday with overall victory taken by American rider Joe Dombrowski of Cannondale-Garmin.

  • Gerard Martin

    Clearly, they’re coming too fast down into the corner, as if they were not warned by a flagman or in an other appropriate way, as would be done in e.g the Tour de France – you’ve heard of that one, Brent? -, or colored protective fencing in the dangerous curve (see Alan’s comment above, about the significant cliff in precisely this curve). Total failure of the organization.


    I wonder have you ever watched professional bike racing before Gerard?

  • Justin Fisher

    There’s a video feed from below that combined with this tells a fuller story.
    he exits the, unseen in this footage, right-hander at some speed, which puts him on the inside line for the next unexpected hairpin left.
    This also explains why the support cars are occupying the ‘wrong’ lane and denying the riders the opportunity to come wide into the hairpin, those cars were in the ‘correct’ lane just one corner and 50m ago, they can’t magically dissapear or morph to the opposite lane.

  • watched that a few times now. Got to be a mechanical, he was out of control before even attempting the bend. Got to agree with the other comments about the support car(s) and especially the outriders. Maybe the 1st support car could be forgiven due to obvious concern.

  • Gerard Martin

    well, than I seriously wonder even more why the organization had them go into this corner without clear warning signs, and without protection for those flying out of the turn. Sue them!

  • Steve Hawkins

    Horrible crash, and I’m glad he is recovering in hospital, but what i find most disturbing is the fact that the team car that witnessed the accident just drove off! He should have stopped and assisted! Teams performance and support should not come before a riders health and life! He could have suffered even worse injuries! I find it appauling that he just drove of, well done to the supporters and team cars that did stop to assist!

  • lee

    That car saved his ass! never mind his life..

  • lee

    Yes, this was how Taylor Phinney broke his leg – by some jerk yank motorbike outrider.. Why do they do this in US races, like ‘heh look at me – I’m being a jerk but I’ll look good taking out some cyclists… NOT

  • RobTM

    Not how it looks to me. The one who’s stationary not only blocks a line into the corner but obscures and distracts… you can’t brake on a bike if you’re having to turn

  • if he didn’t hit the car he was going to go off the cliff face – either way a bad outcome! Im surprised they don’t put crash barriers up on dangerous corners on fast descents

  • Michael Kory Adashek

    It looks like he hit sand/gravel and fishtailed- loosing control of the rear end of his bike. The inability to brake/turn while correcting for the rear wheel accounted for his speed, and as soon as he got the bike under control the car was right infront of him.

    I wish him a speedy recovery

  • Ian Anderson

    That support bike stopped at least 1 rider from hitting the original downed rider. I think he actually placed his bike quite well to protect the prone rider.

  • Alan Mangum

    This may sound harsh, but I ride that canyon once a week right now and it’s a really good thing he hit the car. There is a significant cliff that he would have gone over had he not hit the car and it’s almost guaranteed that his injuries would have been even worse, with death a very real possibility.

    Heal quickly Matt, and best wishes for the future!

  • dourscot

    He was going off the curve whatever happened there.

    And the support bike stupidly stopped right on the curve, causing a secondary crash. Really really poor on that front.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    Pro riders mostly have amazing bike handling, but sometimes I can hardly believe how badly they get it wrong.

  • Steve Rowland

    He could not have made that curve anyway at the speed he was moving…..wonder if he had a mechanical failure??