Mechanic hit by team car during Tour of Flanders (video)

Etixx-QuickStep team car strikes mechanic during Tour of Flanders, knocking him to the ground
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A mechanic was hit by an Etixx-QuickStep team car during the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, knocking him to the ground.

The mechanic can be seen in race footage assisting riders in the aftermath of a crash in the peloton, when he is hit by the front of a slow-moving Etixx-QuickStep car.

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The mechanic appears to fall to the ground and then partially disappear under the team vehicle.

He can then be seen frantically banging on the bonnet of the team car to attract their attention.

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The footage does not show how he removed himself from under the vehicle, and there has been no official confirmation as to whether he suffered any injury as a result of the incident.

It is the latest of a series of recent incidents involving race vehicles. Belgian rider Antoine Demoitié died during Ghent-Wevelgem after he crashed and a race motorbike landed on top of him. An autopsy was inconclusive as to whether the motorbike caused his death.

The opening 150km of the Tour of Flanders were punctuated by several crashes in the peloton, with pre-race favourite Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Démare (FDJ) both being forced to withdraw from the race with their injuries.