Marco Marcato was hit by a motorbike at the Tour de l’Eurométropole and he posted on his Twitter a photo of a damaged wheel which occurred after the incident.
Marcato posted the photo with the message: “Hit by a moto during #eurometropoletour today fortunately I didn’t crash but again our safety in danger”
Yesterday’s collision is the latest in a series of incidents at races involving motorbikes or support vehicles. This spring, Antoine Demoitié, a team-mate of Marcato, died in hospital from injuries sustained from a crash during Gent-Wevelgem. Demoitié was reported to have been hit by a race motorbike after crashing with four other riders.
In the Belgium Tour a moving moto collided with a stationary moto, and both then collided with a group of riders. Stig Broeckx is still in an induced coma after that collision.
At the Eneco Tour last month, the race organisers introduced a measure to help improve rider safety which involved introducing detours for race motorbikes to get in front of the peloton rather than passing the cyclists on the race route. The measure was later praised by a number of riders.
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