It may be one of Ponferrada’s famed features, but the fast descent down to the Roman city’s dam – as used in the UCI World Championships road race courses – is catching a few riders out.
Italian rider Gianni Moscon, who had looked impressively smooth going downhill just seconds before, overshot the tight-right hander onto the dam bridge on the final lap of today’s men’s under-23 road race.
Despite his best efforts to stay upright, he’ll be nursing some rather sore road rash this evening.
Shortly after him, a Venezeulan rider seemingly touched the wheel of the rider in front, and also came down. His wheel even bounced and hit him in the head for good measure.
Cultural fact: the river that the dam sits on is called the Sil. On today’s evidence, perhaps it should be rechristened the Spil.