2011 Tour de France: Juan Antonio Flecha Hit by Car (Video)

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2011 Tour de France: Juan Antonio Flecha Hit by Car (Video)
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Juan Antonio Flecha

If there wasn’t already enough carnage if this year’s Tour de France, we now have the ridiculous occurrence of a rider in a coherent and well-established breakaway being hit by a television car.

Juan Antonio Flecha was quietly riding along in the breakaway with Johnny Hoogerland, Thomas Voeckler, Sandy Casar and Luis Leon Sanchez when a car from French television decided that it urgently needed to pass the group.

This is the second incident involving support vehicles this year. Nicki Sorensen was cleaned up by a television motorcycle during Stage 5.

That motorcycle rider was kicked off the Tour. Let’s hope that the idiot driving this car faces somewhat more serious consequences.

If there is one place in the world where cyclists should be to forget about being hit by a car, it should be the Tour de France. Public traffic is kept well clear of the race because they can't be trusted, you would hope the drivers of the official cars are a bit better.

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