Rider’s Bike Broke in Half after Crashing in Stage 3 of the Giro D’Italia

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This Rider’s Bike Broke in Half after CrashingTim de Waele - Getty Images

We’re only three stages into this year’s Giro d’Italia and already the sparks are flying.

Whether Evenepoel’s dominant opening time trial or Michael Matthew’s win in seemingly eternal sprint to cap stage three, the Corsa Rosa has thus far failed to disappoint.

The crash that defined Stage 3

The big story, however, came on Sunday, when a late-stage crash gobbled up much of the peloton, including GC hopefuls Tao Geoghegan Hart and Jay Vine.

The crash happened about eight-hundred-meters before the 3km banner, after which, all riders are automatically awarded the same finishing time. Considering, many involved in the crash ended up losing around twenty more seconds to the maglia rosa, which is still firmly on Remco Evenepoel’s shoulders.

In the end, about thirty riders were able to steer clear of the melee before Italian sprinter Jonathan Milan of team Bahrain Victorious won a bunch sprint in San Salvo.

A short while after the crash, Team DSM tweeted out a video of one of their mechanics rushing a bike to Martijn Tusveld, who was caught up the crash.

The video, shot on some sort of body-mounted camera, shows the point of view of the mechanic—who DSM identified as “Felipe” in their tweet—running toward the crash with a replacement bike over his shoulder. Eventually, he hops in the saddle, weaving through other support cars, and finding Tusveld, who, despite having some tears in his kit, appeared relatively unscathed.

The most interesting part of the video, however, is when Felipe lifts Tusveld’s wrecked Scott Foil RC from the ground, revealing that the bike sheared completely in half in the wreck.

With the top tube and down tube sliced, the two parts of the bike were held together by their internally routed cables.

Tusvled was the first rider to go down in the crash, as he was sent into a curb beside a hedgerow on the narrow road’s righthand side, inciting a domino effect of riders behind him.

Thankfully, his injuries were minor and he started Monday’s third stage, finishing toward the back in 156th place.

What's next in the Giro d'Italia

The Giro continues with Tuesday’s fourth stage, which will find the peloton riding 175-kilometers from Venosa to Lago Laceno. The stage features three classified climbs and around 3,500 meters of vertical gain.

Going into the stage, prerace favorite Remco Evenepoel of Soudal Quick-Step has control of the maglia rosa, thirty-two seconds to the good of UAE Team Emirates João Almeida. Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič sits third, forty-four seconds back from Evenepoel.

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