Check Out Jay Vine’s Déjà VU Mishap with His Team Car in Stage 4 of the Giro

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Jay Vine’s Déjà VU Mishap with His Team CarStuart Franklin - Getty Images

To say that Jay Vine has a way with team cars while racing is an understatement. Yesterday, the UAE Team Emirates rider was almost taken out by his team car during the first mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Racing from Venos to Lago Laceno, Vine, 27, was riding behind the peloton with the UAE team car driving alongside him.

As the Australian, famous for winning the 2020 Zwift Academy championship and the 2023 Tour Down Under, placed his right hand on the driver side door frame, the car shifted abruptly to the left in an attempt to avoid another team car on the course.

"Here is Jay Vine - whoops! Well, that nearly ended in tears! That will have woken him up if nothing had before,” said Rob Hatch, the race commentator for Eurosport as it happened.

Vine momentarily lost his balance, but he reacted quickly and miraculously stayed upright.

"Well, yes, that was a scare. I was concerned he was going to just go down!” commentator and ex-pro Sean Kelly chimed in.

Vine’s near miss came moments after he suffered a mechanical issue at the start.

Vine has had his fair share of team car entanglements during his time in the peloton. In 2021, he crashed with his team car on Stage 14 at Vuelta a España. Like yesterday, Vine was riding alongside his team car.

However, during that race he lost his balance while reaching for a water bottle. Vine slammed into the asphalt, ripping his bib and jersey.

Vine’s spate of déjà vu happened within hours of Adam Hansen, president of the world association of cyclists - Cyclistes Professionnels Associés - putting out guidance for sports directors to be more cautious during races.

Hansen’s appeal came on the heels of AG2R Citroën's rider Lawrence Naesen alleging that he was struck by a Groupama-FDJ car during Tro-Bro Léon, the Hell of the West.

Despite these mishaps, Vine managed to rejoin the peloton and finish Stage 4.

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