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Watch: Bouhanni on ice as sprinter crashes out of GP Fourmies in remarkable fashion

George Smith
9 Sep 2019

Frenchman notorious for making contact in sprints, makes contact in a sprint

Instead of taking a prized third title, two-time winner of the Grand Prix de Fourmies Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) crashed out of this year’s edition in bizarre style just metres from the line.

The former French National Champion looked to start his sprint to the line by inexplicably leaning heavily into Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates), whose refusal to engage left Bouhanni sharply off-tilt.

In a last-ditch bid to avoid hitting the pavement himself, Bouhanni then swerved across the road dramatically, something cooly avoided by Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo).

But even when it appeared unlikely that he would manage to take anyone down with him, everyone’s favourite cycling villain saw his bike fling across the road, ending a Delko-Marseille Provence rider’s hope of victory.

From the smaller, disorientated field that emerged, 2018 champion Bora-Hansgrohe’s Pascal Askermann went on to make it back-back wins ahead of Stuyven and Boy van Poppel (Roompot-Charles).

Luckily while the crash was visually spectacular, Bouhanni was left without any major injuries despite showing visible pain while on the floor. 

The Grand Prix de Fourmis is a 1.HC event on the UCI Europe Tour held in the French commune it shares its name with.

Previous winners of the one-day race, which began in 1928, include Barry Hoban, Eddy Merckx and recently retired Marcel Kittel.

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