We’ve seen our fair share of horrific crashes caused by outside sources in racing this year, from the photographer who knocked down Daniele Colli at the Giro d’Italia to the neutral service vehicle that took out Jesse Sergent at the Tour of Flanders.
But this crash in the Vuelta a Costa Rica may possibly be the worst one we’ve seen in a long while.
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Being quite a small race, the roads were not completely closed to traffic, meaning a taxi was able to pull out from the side of the road, travelling in the same direction as the peloton, before pulling across in front of the oncoming riders at the very last minute.
It’s the kind of manoeuvre we often see recorded on helmet cams on the streets of London, but to see it happen in a race is quite shocking.
Travelling at high speed, the riders at the front of the peloton had no chance to avoid crashing into the taxi, with one of them seen to be writhing around in agony afterwards.
Nieves Carrasco won the first stage of the race, which runs for 11 stages – finishing on Christmas Day in La Aurora.