Tour de France Video: Watch Bikers Crash as Stuck Bus Creates Mayhem
If you tuned in to the first stage of the 2013 Tour de France on Saturday afternoon, you likely got more than just the cycling action you bargained for.
If you missed it, the events at the finish line should persuade you be on the lookout for drama during the remaining three weeks of action in France.
The Orica-GreenEDGE team bus got lodged underneath the finish banner with roughly 20 kilometers to go in the first leg, causing chaos for race organizers as they were forced to move up the finish line three kilometers.
Marcel Kittel won the first stage and crossed the finish line without issue. For many of the other riders, things weren't as smooth. Once word came in that the finish line was being moved up, it caused a wild fight to get to the front.
The ensuing crash, believed to involve around 25 riders, allowed Kittel to cruise to the yellow jersey.
According to Sky Sports' Matt Westby, "A small group of riders who escaped the crash continued on to the finish line, which by now had been returned to its original position after the bus had been freed." The bus was moved once race organizers were able to deflate its tires.
However, no general classification hopes will be dashed because all riders involved will receive the same time, according to race organizers.
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