Tour of Turkey: Nacer Bouhanni injured by a bystander in the second stage

CYCLING – His injury forced him to return to France. During the second stage of the Tour of Turkey this Monday, April 11, Nasser Bouhanni He suffered a heavy fall caused by a passer-by in the middle of the road.

On Monday afternoon, Arkéa-Samsic, the team from sprinter The Frenchman announced in a medical bulletin that his runner cyclist He suffered a fracture of the first cervical vertebra after this fall that occurred 61 kilometers from the finish line. He was forced to drop out of the race.

After being treated at Izmir hospital in Turkey, Nacer Bouhanni will eventually be repatriated to France for treatment, his team also said.

In this stage that linked Selçuk with Alaçati in Turkeythe accident occurred around kilometer 97. As shown by the images of the race, filmed from the side of the road, an individual bursts onto the road while the peloton seems to arrive at high speed along this straight by the sea.

Evidently uninterested in the race just behind him, the passer-by or “spectator” – particularly distracted – seems to wave his hand just before colliding with the numerous runners he is blocking. On the right, we can also see a person dressed in a fluorescent yellow jacket that seems to warn of the danger that lies ahead.

An eternal debate about the safety of runners

This sharp drop in any case will have caused a big break in the peloton. Especially for Nacer Bouhanni’s team. Also involved in this fall, his teammate Kevin Ledanois suffered left knee trauma and thoracic spine pain. And like his compatriot, he will not take the start of the third stage.

What revives once again the debate about the security of the corridors, while the Tour de France it begins its great cycle in less than four months, on July 1.

Last year, a spectator holding a sign had caused a very impressive drop during the first stage of the 2021 edition of the Tour de France, even prompting motorists to show their dissatisfaction with their safety conditions on the road.

After this monstrous fall, the peloton had decided to symbolically dismount for a minute during the 4th stage, overcome by repeated falls due to incidents with the spectators.

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