Miguel Ángel López collided with a road sign after the peloton opted to temporarily neutralise the racing on stage one of the Tour de France 2020.
Treacherous weather conditions around Nice for day one have resulted in countless crashes in the peloton, with riders unilaterally opting to temporarily call off the aggression as they descended the day’s major climb.
As the peloton reached the crest of a climb at Aspremont with around 50km left to the line, Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin gestured to the peloton to call for a neutralisation on the upcoming descent, to avoid further crashes.
While most teams were on board with the neutralisation, Astana appeared to disagree with the decision and they accelerated on the downhill section.
After stringing out on the road, the Kazakhstani team quickly regretted their decision when their general classification leader López lost the rear wheel on a gentle left-hand turn.
The Colombian was able to keep the bike upright by unclipping his inside foot, but he was still carrying too much speed and ran wide on the corner as his brakes didn’t slow him in the wet conditions.
López ran off the road and went head-first into a road sign.
Fortunately he appeared to escape any serious injury, while his team-mate Ion Izagirre handed him his bike to continue the race.
Earlier in the stage, Lòpez’ compatriot Nairo Quintana showed some rapid reflexes when he crashed on a wet right-hand turn.
The Arkéa-Samsic rider was taken out when a rider went down in front of him and slid along the floor.
But he was quickly back on his feet and was able to re-attached his chain and get pedalling once again before the remains of the peloton had even passed.
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) and Pavel Sivakov (Ineos Grenadiers) have also been caught in crashes.