The Trek-Segafredo rider seemed to get his front wheel jammed in a bizarre crash in the neutral zone of the Amstel Gold Race

After all that hard training, ready to play your role in a major spring classic, there can’t be anything much more crushing for a professional than being forced to abandon before the race has even started.

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But that’s what happened to Trek-Segafredo‘s Fabio Felline, who took a bizarre tumble in the neutral zone of the 2016 Amstel Gold Race.

The Italian was the only rider to go down after seeing his front wheel stop dead in front of him and propel him over the handlebars. He seemed to be reaching down towards his wheel at the time of the accident, but it’s unclear exactly why.

His Trek team later reported that he had suffered a broken nose and wounds to the face after the heavy fall.

Shortly after he went to hospital and received facial surgery to repair the damage, with his team later stating that he had suffered a fracture to the base of the skull and would require further examination.

Felline wasn’t the only rider to abandon the race before it got started on Sunday, with Lotto-Soudal’s Tiesj Benoot seeing his Spring Classics campaign go from bad to worse (having already crashed at Tour of Flanders), with illness keeping him from racing at the Amstel Gold.

  • Kennygwood

    How not to fix your bike while on the move!

  • Lucky Luke

    Is the wheel release jammed with the wheel?

  • Samuel Clemens

    I did exactly that, reached into the front wheel to clear grass out of it when I was 15 years old. I’d snuck out of school at lunch time, too, so I had to make up a story to explain why my face was all smashed in!

  • Chainslip

    He’s seen something on his spokes. Put his hand down to clear it. Put his hand too far in or something snagged the glove and took it in to the wheel. Very bizzare incident. The sound? If it wasn’t his wrist breaking on the back of his fork is a spoke snapping or cracking out of the rim/flange.

  • Kevin ‘Herbie’ Blackburn

    I think you’re right – club mate of ,mine did this, trying to adjust his computer sensor and his hand slipped into the wheel, jamming against the fork and stopped him dead, in exactly the same way. Strangely he didn’t break his hand, but it sounds like Felline has needed surgery!

  • Chris Williams

    Looks like the skewer and then you can see his hand going into the top of the wheel/fork when he flips over – OW!

  • Gareth Millar

    I think you’re right Stevie. Frame-by-frame from the start and he looks to be playing around with something on his fork (transponder maybe).

  • Stevie

    If you pause the video at 5 seconds he seems to be reaching towards his front wheel. Could’ve been trying to fix/ alter something and he trapped his hand in the wheel? this happens quiet a lot in amateur cyclo cross races when people try to clear their brakes whilst on the move.