An incident involving a Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team car and the peloton caused havoc at Brabantse Pijl today, with multiple riders, including their own rider Julian Alaphilippe, falling to the deck.
With 21km to go and heading into the final lap, eight riders had created a breakaway group at the front of the race. Among them was Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Ineos Greandiers riders Tom Pidcock, Ben Turner and Magnus Sheffield, Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën) and Warren Barguil (Arkéa Samsic), building a gap of a minute between themselves and the peloton.
🚘Automóvil del Quick Step provoca una 💥caída y varios ciclistas fueron al suelo, entre ellos 🇫🇷Julian Alaphilippe quien se mostraba muy adolorido. 🇧🇪 #BP22 #BP2022 #BrabantsePijl #Noticiclismo #Ciclismo pic.twitter.com/eeL5xKOU4XApril 13, 2022
In order to catch up to their lead rider, a Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team car attempted to navigate the traffic of the peloton while crossing the finish line for the final lap of the race at Overijse.
However, Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) rider failed to notice the vehicle attempting to edge past, and with little room for manoeuvring, he swerved back into the path of rest of the riders to avoid the car. This sudden change of movement saw him knock into Julian Alaphilippe, causing him and multiple other riders to crash in a bizarre moment.
The world champion lay on the ground for an extended period of time, tending to an injured elbow. However, he eventually managed to get up and back on a new bike, but had little time to make any further inroads on the race.
Magnus Sheffield ended up winning the race, accelerating from the leaders with just under 4km to go. The 19-year-old managed to power away from the strong group of riders chasing him, eventually finishing a remarkable 37 seconds ahead of second-placed Benoît Cosnefroy, with Tim Wellens in third.
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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.
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