Spilled truck of chickens causes 20-minute delay in Totnes-Vire race

Riders were held up for 20 minutes on Sunday after a truck of caged chickens spilled its load and blocked the road

Totnes-Vire (Photo: Raleigh GAC)

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke finished second on stage three of Totnes-Vire in Devon on Sunday, but the race was delayed by 20 minutes before the final climb as a trailer-load of chickens in crates blocked the road.

On the third of four laps, starting and finishing in Okehampton, the peloton was held up by by the accident, with some riders taking shelter in cars and borrowing coats from spectators in an attempt to keep warm, according to the Torquay Herald Express.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.