Giant-Alpecin's Tour Down Under riders react to team's horrific crash in Spain

Giant-Alpecin road captain Koen de Kort describes the mood in the camp at the Tour Down Under following the crash in Spain which left six teammates in hospital

Giant-Alpecin at the 2016 Tour Down Under (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

The Giant-Alpecin squad racing at the Tour Down Under today awoke to shocking news of a team training camp accident in which relatives and housemates of those competing in Australia were seriously injured in a head-on collision with a car.

Tour Down Under road captain Koen de Kort said riders were alerted of the accident shortly before 6am local time and then called off an unofficial spin before the sixth stage of the first WorldTour event of the season.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.