Quentin Jauregui injures his elbow after colliding with a motorbike at the Four Days of Dunkirk with the television bike taking a wrong turn

Ag2r La Mondiale rider Quentin Jauregui suffered elbow injuries on stage three of the Four Days of Dunkirk after colliding with a television motorbike that took some riders the wrong way at a roundabout.

While the peloton was supposed to continue straight, the motorbike turned left, taking half a dozen riders with it.

When the driver realised his error, he pulled over to the side of the road but some of the following cyclists were unable to react in time to avoid it.

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Jauregui picked himself up to finish last on the stage, 10 minutes down on winner Bryan Coquard, and tweeted after the incident that he was “bashed up” and disappointed he was hurt for Saturday’s stage four.

While the consequences were not as serious as other motorbike-related incidents, it’s another worrying development for race organisers. Antoine Demoitie died after a collision with a motorbike at Ghent-Wevelgem and several other incidents have seen riders suffer broken collarbones and other injuries in the past 12 months.

  • mark wright

    This was the second time round the finishing circuit for the stage, total incompetence from the Moto rider I’m afraid

  • Chris

    Interesting point! But he was not on the course.

  • richard

    Wrong about the law of the land in afraid though.. Closed roads highway regs do not apply ,, think about it for a split second.. And list the reasons why that is the case… 😞

  • ummm…

    on second thought i take your point.

  • ummm…

    were weren’t in the pack. moto shouldnt be doing quick uturns – even OFF the course. However, the guys were obviously slipstreaming a bit because the FOLLOWED THE MOTO not the pack. They were chasing the wrong carrot.

  • racyrich

    Incompetence all round methinks. It was a finishing circuit and their second time round, so all concerned had already done the route correctly only 15 minutes earlier.

  • Odd that the rest of the peloton managed to follow but let’s agree to disagree on this one 🙂

  • Chris

    OK. from the helicopter shot I can see two cars straight on, in the middle distance. There is no way that the peloton had any visibility beyond the roundabout, so their only marker was that Moto. Luckily someone in the peloton had read and memorised their course notes, otherwise there would have been a bigger pile up. Navigation is not the responsibility of the riders, but the race organisers and marshals. That does not take away the responsibility from the Moto of doing a U turn (in his case from left to right on the right hand drive road) on the open road without checking his mirrors. The law of the land transcends race regs.

  • Chris Williams

    He hits him when the moto is half on the grass @ 10 secs. Agree too many motos around (see USA crash) but this time some blame on riders.

  • Chris

    If you look at the video, the lead rider was nowhere near the Moto. He only caught up when the Moto did his U turn at about 5 mph, at which point the 2nd and 3rd riders got taken out.

  • ummm…

    maybe riders shouldnt be slim streaming behind the moto.

  • Chris

    Or what if the driver wanted a pee, your’e getting a bit desperate to defend the Moto, aren’t you?

  • Ok what if it had a mechanical fault – tv bikes are not course markers and shouldn’t be used as such.

  • Dabber

    Perhaps I’m just seeing this differently but, to me, it looks like the moto has slowed on the left handside of the road then pulled out at around 90 degrees across the road either to attempt a U-turn or to ride onto the grass verge on the right handside. Jauregui seems to hit the moto whilst the moto is stradling acros the centre of the road. That’s how I think it went. If I’m right I’d say that was pretty much 100% the fault of the moto. If he realised he had made a wrong turn he should have pulled over on the left where he was and then made a U-turn after the riders had passed.

  • Chris

    The bike would have been fuelled for the day, otherwise its presence would be a bit pointless. Anyway if you are pulling into a petrol station (highly visible to all and sundry) you would have your indicators on, sometime before turning right, off the road (Belgium)

  • Yes I understand that but what if the bike was pulling off to refuel – seems more dangerous that the riders were just blindly following the wheel, what if there had been a crash in front, based on this I can see why so many crashes are so large as some cyclists are clearly zoned out.

  • Chris

    I would have followed the Moto instinctively in that situation. In the red mist of an attack, our reactions become fairly basic.

  • You are aware the cyclists took the wrong turn as well. I’d blame the rider for that crash not the tv bike.

  • Chris

    AGAIN! Far too many mistakes by Moto’s. The last thing a rider expects is to have any vehicle stop in front of them. More training required! Plus compulsory Satnavs?