Riders come away without major injury after race official causes post-finish line pile-up at Vuelta

The crash took place after Alexandre Geniez won the 12th stage of the Vuelta

Team Sky's Dutch cyclist Dylan Van Baarle lies on the pavement following a crash after crossing the finish line of the 12th stage of the Vuelta a España (MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Vuelta a España stage 12 winner Alexandre Geniez (Ag2r La Mondiale) and other top finishers came away unscathed after a race official caused them to crash metres after the finish line in Mañón.

Within 20 metres, media official Chema Rodriguez stepped into the path of the French stage winner. He crashed along with second place Dutchman Dylan van Baarle (Sky) and Belgian Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing), who placed fourth, landed against the barriers.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.