Tinkoff-Saxo rider collides with moto during stage 11 of Vuelta a España and remains upright despite injury

Film of Tinkoff-Saxo rider Sergio Paulinho colliding with a television motorbike during stage 11 of the Vuelta a España has been published on the internet.

The footage – shot by a cameraman on the bike involved in the incident – clearly shows the 35-year-old Portuguese Tinkoff-Saxo rider sweeping around a right-hand bend and clipping the bike. Amazingly, he managed to stay upright.

Paulinho can be heard shouting loudly to the moto pilot after the incident, and as the bike passes him you can see Paulinho slow down as he realises he has been injured. He subsequently called for medical assistance, and attempted to continue the stage but was forced to withdraw from the race before the summit of the first climb.

Sergio Paulinho gets some medical attention during Stage 11 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana

Sergio Paulinho gets some medical attention during Stage 11 of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana

Cycling Weekly photographer Graham Watson’s moto pilot, Luke Evans, witnessed the incident, saying: “Paulinho cannoned into the TV bike, but was trying to correct his line on that bend and therefore could not avoid the motorcycle.”

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According to the Tinkoff-Saxo team, Paulinho required 17 stitches in his leg when taken to hospital – six internal to close up an artery and 11 external.

Tinkoff-Saxo branded the motorcycle pilot’s behaviour as ‘reckless’ and the moto’s position in the road as ‘in breach of safety regulations’.

Paulinho was the second of the squad’s riders to be involved in a collision with a moto and withdraw from the race after a similar incident involving Peter Sagan.

The team met with race organisers and UCI representatives ahead of Thursday’s stage 12 to receive assurances that rider safety would be improved in relation to motorbikes within the race. A list of safety measures was implemented immediately, and the UCI has said that it will be introducing new regulations governing in-race vehicles for 2016.

  • TrevorHoldsworth

    Actually, if you consider that Paulinho is conering correctly (which he is), as he comes away from the apex, the moto doesn’t get out of the way fast enough, it rides into his trajectory. So as far as I’m concerned, the moto rode into him. He wasn’t out of control or even going too fast, he was taking the racing line.

  • poisonjunction

    Motor powered vehicles are ONLY there to observe the race, NOT to interfere with riders progress OR ‘participate’ in encouraging drafting!

  • Oğuzhan Yavuz

    You can’t change your line if you are cornering that fast. Moto is %100 guilty.

  • manu mercado

    gonna translate all the swearings from the camera man to the rider, who is a fact that not so much people realize because its in spanish:

    fuck!, come on man, go to f*ck your mother!!!

    way to go vuelta organizators, first put them on danger and then insult them.

  • Chad

    The problem is that the moto riders don’t understand the racing lines of the riders, and get in the way. This is a bike race and the riders should not have to slow down or change their racing line to navigate around the untrained/unaware TV crew. Would runners accept a TV crew standing in lanes 1 and 2 of a track? Of course not, it’s no different here.

  • dourscot

    Looked like he rode into the moto rather than the other way around.