Fast downhill section on Ponferrada course proves undoing of Italian and Venezuelan riders.

It may be one of Ponferrada’s famed features, but the fast descent down to the Roman city’s dam – as used in the UCI World Championships road race courses – is catching a few riders out.

Italian rider Gianni Moscon, who had looked impressively smooth going downhill just seconds before, overshot the tight-right hander onto the dam bridge on the final lap of today’s men’s under-23 road race.

Despite his best efforts to stay upright, he’ll be nursing some rather sore road rash this evening.

Shortly after him, a Venezeulan rider seemingly touched the wheel of the rider in front, and also came down. His wheel even bounced and hit him in the head for good measure.

Cultural fact: the river that the dam sits on is called the Sil. On today’s evidence, perhaps it should be rechristened the Spil.

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