Australian track rider crashes after handlebars snap off during team pursuit qualifiers

The incident occurred during the men's team pursuit qualification round

Tokyo Olympics
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Australian track rider Alexander Porter crashed during qualifying for the team pursuit final at the Tokyo Olympics after his handlebars snapped off.

As the four riders rounded a bend, Porter slid out at the back of the quartet, a touch of wheels initially suspected to have caused the fall but television replays showing he hadn't been touched, his hands fell and he followed as the handlebars gave way.

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