Watch: Riders blown over by strong winds, race abandoned

Stage three of the Volta a La Marina in Benidorm was called off within minutes of the neutral roll-out due to very strong winds, with some riders blown from their bikes
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The third stage of the Volta a La Marina was over before it started this weekend, as hurricane force winds called a halt to the race.

As the 153 riders made their way through the neutralised zone towards the Terra Mitica circuit they found themselves halted by very strong winds.

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As the video shows, the riders first fanned across the road in their attmpts to keep moving, but were soon forced to put their feet down and try and stand their ground as the wind’s strength increased.

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Some riders were soon blown over and others had to do their utmost to stop their race machine from blowing away.

Making a cameo in the video is British Olympian and London 2012 triathlon bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee.

Jonny Brownlee can be seen fighting against the win at the Volta a La Marina

Jonny Brownlee can be seen fighting against the wind at the Volta a La Marina

Jonny’s brother Alistair tweeted about the race:

A statement from the organisers says that after deliberations between the Technical Jury and the Civil Guard (police) the race was called off. Riders will be informed of the rescheduled race and the classification jerseys remain unchanged.

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