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Watch: Oblivious pedestrian wheels bike in front of peloton at BinckBank Tour

Joseph Delves
15 Aug 2019

Both riders and pedestrian lucky to avoid injury

Wheeling your bike across a pedestrian crossing would normally be considered a safe way to cross the road. However, expecting the entire peloton of the BinckBank Tour to stop and wait for you is a bit much; but that’s exactly what happened during yesterday’s stage.

Having been racing during the day, Trek-Segafredo’s Edward Theuns later posted a video of the incident to his twitter. In it, a man pauses before wandering obliviously into the path of the oncoming riders.

Getting about halfway across before he’s swamped by bikes, remarkably no one was hurt.

On a more serious note, the incident provided extra stress for the riders, many of whom had already been protesting about conditions during the race which is held across Belgium and the Netherlands.

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Tim Declercq, Bahrain-Merida’s Marcel Sieberg and Jumbo-Visma’s Jos van Emden all took to Twitter to vent their anger. Declercq was particularly unhappy at having to race on what he considered a dangerous course having started the day by observing a minute's silence for recently deceased rider Bjorg Lambrecht, who died at the Tour de Pologne.

With what the organiser describes as a Flandrien-style course, several tight, twisty finishes paired with bad weather had left many riders feeling at risk.

Irish rider Sam Bennett has taken a hat-trick of wins for Bora-Hansgrohe in the first three stages, today the race moves to Houffalize for both the start and finish. With rain again forecast, riders will be hoping for a less eventful day.

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