Giant-Alpecin mechanic hit by Etixx-QuickStep car taken to hospital

The incident occurred early on in the Tour of Flanders, when the Giant-Alpecin mechanic became trapped under the front of the Etixx-QuickStep car

The mechanic who was hit by an Etixx-QuickStep car during the Tour of Flanders was taking to hospital to receive checks.

Ed Bekhuis, a mechanic for Giant-Alpecin, went to assist one of his riders who crashed during the early stages of the cobbled Classic.

Carrying a wheel, he moves backwards and is hit by a slow-moving Etixx-QuickStep car, which fells him and appears to see his legs become trapped under the front of the car.

Television footage of the incident cuts away, thus not explaining how he managed to remove himself from under the car and given no indication of what injuries and the extent of them he received.

But a Giant-Alpecin staff member confirmed to Cycling Weekly that Bekhuis had gone to hospital for checks, but that “he should be OK”.

The incident comes in the same race were there was several restrictions in place for motorbikes, with CW understanding that only three motos were allowed at the back of the race for the first 100km, in comparison to the usual eight to twelve; all other motor vehicles had to ride ahead of the race.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.

Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.