Moto-pilote at Tour de Suisse: Witnessing Cav’s crash

Luke Evans is at the Tour de Suisse piloting top cycling photographer Graham Watson through the peloton on a motorbike

Last week I was driving Graham Watson at the Dauphine and after Saturday’s stage to Alpe d’Huez we crossed into Switzerland to pick up their national tour.

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It’s a star-studded field here compared to the Dauphine and you can’t help be a little more aware of who might curse you if you get a bit too close when passing the bunch.

But the racing has so far been super tranquillo and there was even time yesterday for Graham to have a short chat to Lance Armstrong as we drifted through the peloton.

These days a 200km leg of a stage race is quite long and if the bunch lets the break go up the road for 10 minutes the day can drag a bit.

At least we had the prospect of a Mark Cavendish stage win we thought.

As you may have seen from a photo sent by Graham from his iPad about 15 minutes after the crash, Cav hit the deck with several others just as the sprint was about to be decided.

Cavendish crashes, Tour de Suisse 2010, stage 4

A dramatic image ended a doleful day on the road to Wettingen.

Graham is the first cycling photographer to grasp the potential of the iPad and he is using these two weeks to practice with it.

The idea is to send an image within minutes to the CW website, anything from a scenic view to a newsworthy pic.

It takes just a few moments to download the pic and send it via a 3G signal but there are some pitfalls and procedures to learn which he is hoping to get sorted before the Tour de France.

Keep an eye out and let us know what you think.