Giro d’Italia riders caught in nasty crash after ‘helicopter blows barriers into road’ 

The two riders were seen lying on the floor injured after the stage finish 

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

The final sprint of stage four of the Giro d’Italia ended in disaster for two riders, when a helicopter reportedly blew the barriers into the road.

Vini Zabú-KTM riders Luca Wackermann and Etienne van Empel were both seen lying on the floor injured on the final straight in Villafranca Tirrena after the sprint finish, but it wasn’t clear how the riders had crashed.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.