Strong winds wreaked havoc in Sunday’s Ghent-Wevelgem, forcing plenty of splits in the peloton as only 39 of the 200 riders who started the race managed to cross the finish line.
Having won Friday’s E3 Harelbeke, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas was among the front runners for Sunday’s race and found himself in a small group chasing down lone escapee Jurgen Roelandts.
But as the group rolled round one of the narrow streets on the way to Wevelgem, the 50kph winds finally got the better of Thomas, pushing him to the side of the road and eventually over his handlebars onto the grass bank.
Fortunately, the Welshman was able to get back on his bike and finish on the podium in third place.
The same can’t be said for poor Jack Bauer, however, as the Cannondale-Garmin rider staked his claim for a place in Cycling Weekly’s top five bike throws by launching his machine into a ditch.
The New Zealander seemed tired of battling against the winds and after someone elses jacket got jammed in his rear wheel, putting him on the deck, he decided to take his frustrations out on his trusty Cannondale. Then he had to go and pick it out of the ditch, and later publicly apologise to fans and sponsors.