Caleb Yuen suffered a dramatic and painful accident in the last meters of the starting stage Giro d’Italia in Hungary during the struggle for victory.
Yuen nearly devastated his energy reservoir as he attempted a final attack in the final 100 meters on a difficult final climb to the finish line in Visegrad on Friday.
But still threatening in third place, trying to take the victory and the leader’s pink jersey, he trimmed the rear wheel of Benjamin Girma’s motorcycle in front, causing him to crash heavily across the road at high speed.
Euan lay on the tarmac for a brief moment in scenes similar to last year’s crash and exit from the Tour de France, but soon got back on his feet.
Mathieu van der Poel continued to defeat Girma while Yuen with the top torn around his left shoulder eventually got up, sat down again and grimaced as he needed help to cross the line in 76th place.
However, the crash on Friday was not very serious, and his team said: “Apart from a few abrasions, Caleb came out without serious injuries and will start tomorrow in the individual time race.”