By Nigel Wynn
Madison-Genesis rider Alex Peters took a tumble during the time trial stage of the 2014 Tour of Britain on Sunday morning. Unfortunately for Peters, he did it right in front of Cycling Weekly photographer Andy Jones.
According to Jones, Peters was down on his tri-bars and didn't brake coming around the final bend near the Houses of Parliament. He subsequently went full-on into the metal barriers, folding his front wheel. A spectator helped him to untangle the bike from a banner.
With no team car present to assist in a bike or wheel change at such a late stage, he was forced to pick up the machine and walk over the line. Thankfully, he escaped without any significant injury.
"I was copying Tao's moves! It was a silly thing to do – I thought I was already on the final straight, so put my head down and went for it. Next thing I know I was looking at the crowd barriers," Peters told Cycling Weekly afterwards, referring to a similar crowd-barrier crash by Great Britain rider Tao Geoghagen-Hart the previous day.
Peters finished the stage in last place after the incident, losing seven minutes and 33 seconds to stage winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky). Despite the loss, Peters still completed the race on Sunday afternoon in a highly creditable 36th place overall.
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