A speedbump positioned on the final corner of stage two of the Tour Cycliste International La Provence in France unsurprisingly caused a crash as riders hit the obstacle at full tilt.

The peloton rounded the corner at the end of the 180-kilometre stage, hitting the bump at top speed. Although Etixx-QuickStep‘s Davide Martinelli and Fernando Gaviria made it over the obstacle unscathed, the following rider was not so lucky and was sent crashing to the floor and into the barriers.

Several other riders subsequently fell, but there were remarkably few casualties given the speed of the race at that point.

Some had commented on the positioning of the speed bump and its proximity to both the corner and finish line prior to the incident.

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Martinelli had been leading out sprinter Gaviria, but as the pair realised what had happened behind them, Gaviria eased off to let Martinelli enjoy his first victory as a professional.

“In the finale I was at the front, as my job was to lead Fernando,” said Martinelli. “I came out of the last corner in first position with Fernando on my wheel, and when I took a look over my shoulder I saw that it was only me and him, as some riders have crashed.

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“We had a good gap, looked one another in the eyes and agreed on the outcome, so Fernando gave me the win. He was class act and I can’t thank him enough for this. I will rest now and on Thursday I will give it my best to repay Fernando.”

Thomas Voeckler after stage 2 of the 2016 Le Tour de La Provence

Thomas Voeckler after stage 2 of the 2016 Le Tour de La Provence

Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) maintained his overall lead in the race after finishing safely in the pack. The veteran Frenchman took a solo victory on stage one to earn the leader’s jersey.

It’s the first edition of the UCI 2.1-ranked Tour La Provence, which concludes on Thursday, February 25 with a stage tipped to finish with a bunch sprint.

  • Papparazziful Pap

    They had already gone over it several times as they were doing laps of the finishing circuit. But, obviously last lap, they’re going to go full-gas and take chances. Terrible parcours by whoever is responsible, and UCI for sanctioning that Finish.

  • richard

    Your right its one if those long elevated bumps.. Thanks its clear at the end

  • Jonny Verman

    Funny comments saying that the bump didn’t cause the crash! You are only seeing the end of the bump, the start of the speed bump is around the corner. You only see them coming down the speed bump if you look closely, so the rider that crashed had crashed on the first part of the speed bump which is around the corner. Some speed bumps are bigger and longer than others. We have plenty of speed bumps like this where I live.

  • Jonny Verman

    Funny comments saying that the bump didn’t cause the crash! You are only seeing the end of the bump, the start of the speed bump is around the corner, so the rider that crashed had crashed on the first part of the speed bump. Some speed bumps are bigger and longer than others.

  • John Westwell

    The rider approaching third in line obviously saw the speedbump late, thought he wouldn’t be able to turn sharp left and get over it at the same time and applied his brakes, locking up the back wheel. So although he didn’t crash ON the speedbump, I think that it was very largely the cause of the crash.

  • The speedbumb did not cause the crash!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew Bairsto

    IMO You are missing something watch all the video again.

  • richard

    Well am i missing something.. Unless the speed hump in question is another one.. The rider has already gone down before he gets to it!

  • Dustin D.

    We know who did course recon beforehand.

  • Samuel Clemens

    Jesus who’s bright idea was that? Speedbump straight out of a corner’s never gonna end well.