Crossing spectator downs Sagan's Tirreno-Adriatico team

Crossing spectator downs Sagan's Tirreno-Adriatico team
By Eurosport

13/03/2019 at 16:22Updated 13/03/2019 at 18:16

Peter Sagan's Bora Hansgrohe team saw their Tirreno-Adriatico team time trial hopes dashed when a spectator crossing the road sent two of their riders crashing in Wednesday's opening stage.

The three-time world champion stayed on his bike but Poland's Rafal Majka and Italian Oscar Gatto did not.

Video - Huge crash as man walks into path of Bora riders during Team Time Trial


Both riders finished the stage, but the team said Majka would undergo further checks. The spectator was also reported to be conscious and without serious injury following the incident.

The 21.5-km ride around the Lido Di Camaiore was won by Mitchelton Scott, a result that put Briton Adam Yates in an excellent position to win the week-long Italian race.

Speaking after the stage, Yates said:

" We’ve been trying to win a TTT for a long time, I think I’ve been here four or five years now and every time we try, every year we bring a super strong team and we’ve been close and now we’ve finally got it! Tonight we’ll look at the standings and work out where we are, it’s going to be tough, there’s no big, super hard mountain stages this year, but we’ll see and just take it stage by stage."

Disaster almost struck for Mitchelton-Scott when a woman walking her dog crossed the path of the team, but a repeat of Bora's accident was thankfully avoided.

Video - Close call as Mitchelton-Scott almost collide with woman and dog crossing the road


Tirreno-Adriatico will continue on Thursday with Stage 2 from Camiore to Pomarance.