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Watch: Video appears to show jacket was cause of Tour of Flanders crash

Crash involving Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen appears to have been caused by a spectator's jacket

Josh Cunningham
3 Apr 2017

'Video that shows my crash at the Ronde was caused by a jacket that caught my left arm,' said Peter Sagan when posting a video of the crash he was involved in yesterday at the Tour of Flanders

The crash happened with 16km to go on the Oude Kwaremont, at a crucial stage of the race when Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Oliver Naesen were 55 seconds behind leader Philippe Gilbert with just one climb remaining.

The crash ended any hope of the three closing the gap, and therefore their chances of winning. Van Avermaet picked himself up and rejoined the race to finish second, while Naesen was left picking a jacket out from his frame, and Sagan in need of a new bike entirely. 

Much conjecture was made of the incident, but with no clear footage to go by it wasn't known if it was the barrier foot that Sagan collided with, or the jacket that ended up on Naesen's bike, which caused the crash. 

However, with this footage uploaded to Twitter by the user Seal_jobs, it seems fairly certain that it was in fact Sagan's left arm and brake hood that became tangled with a jacket that was draped over the top of the barrier.

The contact dragged Sagan into the barriers, sending him skidding, with Van Avermaet and Naesen colliding into the sprawling rider, and the latter picking up the loose jacket on the way through.

As Sagan himself said, 'These things happen in races,' but the incident will no doubt raise conversation about the proximity of the barriers to the riders, and of the riders themselves riding in the gutter.