The Velon GoPro cameras capture all the action and, unfortunately, the aftermath of two massive crashes which saw six riders abandon the race
Another stage, another instalment in the Velon-GoPro partnership, this time it’s the incident-laden stage three from the perspective of an Team Sky rider.
First up there’s the fighting for position and moving up the peloton – typical for a stage run on the roads of the Ardennes Classic, La Flèche Wallonne.
The typical peloton scenes soon give to another – one which is sadly familiar. Our man slows down as riders and bikes litter the right-hand side of the road, the remnants of the mass crash that saw the stage brought to a halt as medics struggled to tend to the injured.
Time to get going again, and there’s no slowing down as we see another crash aftermath, this time involving Katusha’s Dmitry Kozontchuk, who left the race with a fractured collarbone and scapula.
Then there’s the stoppage itself, with riders waiting around, handing out bottles and jostling for position as they edge forward for the restart – when in Belgium…
The yellow jersey of Fabian Cancellara is one of the men moving up – it was his 29th day in yellow and his last of this year’s Tour. The Swiss rider was forced to quit the race overnight after a CT scan showed he had fractured two vertebrae in the first crash.
Last up, the Mur de Huy – short, steep and a lonely experience for our man. It’s a painful 1.3km but there will have been a sense of relief to get through yesterday’s crash-filled stage in one piece.
Watch highlights of stage three of the Tour de France