Mitchelton-Scott narrowly avoid crash with pedestrian in Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial

The near-miss came after two Bora-Hansgrohe riders were taken out by another pedestrian

Mitchelton-Scott narrowly avoided a collision with a pedestrian on their way to Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory (Picture: Eurosport)
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Mitchelton-Scott’s team time trial victory in Tirreno-Adriatico was almost ripped from their hands when a pedestrian walked out onto the course.

The TTT unit fortunately missed the woman and her dog as they hit the final corner of the course, going on to take the win on stage one.

That near miss came shortly after two Bora-Hansgrohe riders were taken out by another pedestrian who walked across the course.

Coverage from the race showed Mitchelton-Scott navigating a chicane with 1.2km left to race.

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As they emerged from the corner, a woman and her dog can be seen staggering back in the middle of the road as the remaining five riders speed past.

Despite the tense moment, Mitchelton-Scott rode to a seven-second victory over winners-in-waiting Jumbo-Visma.

Adam Yates now the best placed of the general classification contenders, as Michael Hepburn goes into the leader’s jersey.

Oscar Gatto and Rafał Majka were the two riders caught in the crash, both hitting the pedestrian who fell to the floor.

The Bora-Hansgrohe squad, which includes Peter Sagan, were in the opening three kilometres of their team effort when the crash happened.

Sagan and his other team-mates were able to avoid the collision, as the man appeared not to see the race speeding towards him.

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The remaining five riders crossed the line with a time of 22-44, ahead of Ag2r La Mondiale who posted a time of 24-26.

In 2017 during the opening time trial on the same roads at Lido di Camaiore three-time world champion Sagan nearly collided with a woman and her dog who had walked out onto the course.

Thankfully for the dog walker, Sagan was able to take evasive action, nipping through a gap in the raised kerb separating the road from an adjoining bike bath, with other spectators out of the way.

His time trial ruined, an exasperated Sagan turned to shake his head at the woman before continuing with his ride.

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Alex Ballinger
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 CyclingWeekly.com. 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.