Tour de France 2015: Dramatic stage 3 crash footage

See the carnage during the aftermath from a brutal day at Le Tour

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In the moments after the crash, bodies were strewn all over the road.

In the moments after the crash, bodies were strewn all over the road (click to enlarge).

By now you’ve likely seen the horrific stage 3 crash that temporarily brought the 2015 Tour de France to a screeching halt. Midway through the run from Antwerp to Huy in Belgium, a slight touch of wheels set off a cascade of carnage that knocked a handful of riders out of the race, including then-yellow jersey holder Fabian Cancellara.

In the moments after dozens of riders hit the deck (and some smashed into a nearby lamp post), race officials neutralized the race, saying that because all the on-race medical staff was tied up dealing with the mass pile-up, it wasn’t safe for the rest of the riders to continue. Say what you will about that call, but you cant deny that cycling is indeed a hardman’s sport. Where else can you go skidding across pavement protected by little more than underwear and a lightweight helmet?

Here’s what the aftermath of the crash looked like through the eyes of one of the ORICA-GreenEDGE mechanics, who did his best to keep his riders going. Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done for team leader Simon Gerrans, who’s seen near the end of the video holding his wrist. That wrist, it turns out, was broken, ending Gerrans’ race.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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  • jerry says:

    Amazing footage, shows how much work a crash requires of the crew.
    I’m wondering what happened to the one riders helmet, it appears it came off his head during the crash. I wouldn’t want to put a crashed helmet back onto a rider, as it may be damaged.
    Also, one can see how dangerous this can be for the crew, as the guy wearing the camera almost gets swiped by another team car as he swings around the front.
    You can also see how long Fabianne stays on the pavement.
    These guys are good!

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