International Cycling

WATCH: Spectator causes cycling crash

2016-07-19 11:16
Cycling Cape Town (File)

Beijing - A Chinese pedestrian who walked seemingly unaware into the middle of the road as a pack of professional cyclists hurtled past caused chaos and a huge pile-up in China.

As the first stage of the Tour of Qinghai Lake approached the finish line in Xining a spectator decided to try to use a pedestrian crossing traversing the route, footage showed.

The leaders managed to avoid him by centimetres but he carried on into the middle of the peloton, sending riders tumbling like dominoes.

Scores of the field were brought down and organisers said on social media that six cyclists were injured in the incident, which happened towards the end of the first stage on Sunday.

The 19-year-old was detained by police while security officials and the officers responsible have been suspended, they added.

The 14-day competition features 23 teams racing through northwestern China and is a 2.HC contest, the second grade in UCI rankings. It started in 2002 and is billed as the "world's highest-altitude bike race".

The Tour de France had its own drama days ago when reigning champion Chris Froome, together with two other cyclists, crashed into a motorbike that was brought to a standstill by a wall of fans.

Froome initially seemed to have lost the race lead after his bicycle was broken by the crash, leaving him at one point running desperately along the road waiting for a replacement bike.

Watch below how the crash occurred at the Tour of Qinghai:


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.