These are the times when support vehicles have hit riders in the past 12 months (videos)

Lotto-Soudal's Stig Broeckx became the latest rider to have his race ended by a collision with a race vehicle, coming down after being clipped by a passing motorbike at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

While accidents like this have happened on occasion, these sort of accidents have come to the fore in the past year with a number of high-profile incidents, involving Greg Van Avermaet and Peter Sagan.

Jakob Fuglsang at the 2015 Tour de France

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.