French Cyclist Loses Battle with Road Sign, Race Features Awful Bicycle Wreck

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 8, 2013

Improper use of road signs may be hazardous to your health. 

Yahoo! Sports spotted video evidence that an immovable sign is indeed immovable, even if a cyclist hits it going full speed. 

The cyclist is Frenchman Yoann Offredo, and he is about to have a bad day. During Sunday's Paris-Roubaix, Offredo looks back for a gander at the rest of the field, missing the impending doom that lies just ahead. 

As the report cites, this particular race is hazard-heavy: 

This painful little collision happened on Sunday in the Paris-Roubaix, a one-day competition long regarded as one of the more treacherous in cycling. It's known as "l'enfer du nord," or "Hell of the north," and with routes including cobblestoned paths on its 254.4 kilometers, it often claims unwary cyclists.

To prove this point, Yahoo! Sports spotted another video, this one featuring cyclist Stijn Vandenbergh riding into a spectator who gets far too close to the action. 

I am no expert, but race officials may want to pepper in some security to push the fans back a little. Then again, we wouldn't have a blooper reel to consider. 

As for Offredo, the report states he was "relatively unscathed," which is remarkable considering he did his best impression of Superman for a split second. 

He wouldn't finish the day, however, giving the win to the road sign that still remains standing along a French road.

If you happen to come near it, I would recommend going around. 


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