Watch: Quick-thinking spectator prevents peloton pile-up (video)

Spectator drags bike off road moments before the GP de Fourmies peloton reaches the same spot, preventing a mass crash

Lightning reactions by a well-placed spectator at the GP de Fourmies in France on Sunday undoubtedly prevented a mass crash in the peloton.

After a group of riders in front of the peloton crashed, a bike was left in the road – directly in the path of the rapidly approaching peloton, who were winding up the pace with just 1.5 kilometres to go.

Spectator drags bike from road during GP Fourmies

Spectator drags a bike from the road during GP de Fourmies

In footage posted online by Eurosport France’s Leunis Jacques, you can clearly see the spectator quickly running into the road and dragging the bike.

The spectator’s effort makes them tumble backwards into the verge, with the bike safely off the road, literally moments before the bunch arrives.

The 205km, UCI 1.HC-ranked race was won by Fabio Felline of Trek Factory Racing ahead of Tom Boonen of Etixx-QuickStep in second and Nacer Bouhanni of Cofidis in third.