CYCLING – Serial falls. The second stage of the Tour de France Women, between Meaux and Provins (Seine-et-Marne), was marked, this Monday, July 25, by several accidents within the peloton. The most spectacular took place 25 km from the finish, involving the Italian Marta Cavalli, violently hit.
Belgian cyclist Julie de Wilde and the doyenne of the Tour de France Women Sandra Lévénez were the first to fall victim to a collision 75 km from the finish. Left behind after falling, the Frenchwoman was notably able to catch up with the peloton, which was driving at high speed to get back in the wheels of the breakaway.
Three falls then followed in the last thirty kilometers, in a final made very nervous by the wind and gusts up to 45 km / h. A dozen cyclists in the peloton were thus involved in a second fall 30 km from the finish of the stage. They were able to resume running. Only the Slovenian Urska Pintar had to change bikes after the collision.
A few kilometers later, a very violent pileup saw sports cars being thrown into the ditch on both sides of the road. Hit at full speed by Australian champion Nicole Frain, who arrived without braking in the slowdown caused by this third fall, Marta Cavalli spent several minutes on the ground before getting up. The Australian was thrown to the ground several meters from the impact, as you can see in the video below.
Marta Cavalli, forced to abandon
The Italian Marta Cavalli, co-leader of the French team FDJ-Suez, was forced to retire. The one who was one of the favorites of this Tour suffers from a head injury, announced her team FDJ-Suez. “She is sent to the hospital to carry out a scanner as a priority”, explained the manager of the French team Stephen Delcourt on arrival in Provins.
Marta Cavalli “suffered a big shock”. “We didn’t want to take any risks,” said Delcourt. She hesitated to continue but the team said no. We don’t want to play with the lives of our runners.
A few minutes after this third collective fall, a final accident occurred in the peloton after a rider lost control of her bike. Several competitors ended up on the ground. The German Laura Subelmich, appearing hard hit, struggled to get up.
At the end of this very eventful second stage of the Grande Boucle Women, it was the Dutchwoman Marianne Vos who donned the yellow jersey. After her second place the day before, the triple world champion (2006, 2012 and 2013) further extended her record by beating the Italian Silvia Persico and the Polish Katarzyna Niewiadoma, respectively second and third in the stage.
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