Watch: Bizarre moment two Tour de France riders are knocked off their bikes simultaneously by motorbikes
This is the bizarre moment two Tour de France riders crash into motorbikes at almost exactly the same time.
The collisions happened on stage 18 of the Tour on Thursday, with Jack Bauer and Nils Eekhoff victims of the unfortunate sequence.
New Zealander Bauer was riding at speed downhill when a press motorbike and Team UAE car both slowed down. Bauer tried to get through a small gap in between the two vehicles, but the bike left no room as the car continued to slow down.
It resulted in Bauer crashing into the back of the car, sending him to the floor and his bike flying.
An incensed Bauer got up and screamed “f***ing hell” at the bike, before stomping around in anger. An ITV commentator asked: “That press motorbike… what was it doing?”
Extraordinarily, at almost the exact same time as this crash, another rider, Nils Eekhoff, of the Netherlands, crashed into a separate bike about 10 metres ahead and was also sent to the ground.
Bauer and Eekhoff escaped relatively unharmed, however, and were able to continue. They both required minor treatment to their elbows.
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