Big bang theory: Crashes in the pro peloton

Richard Moore 24 Jul 2018 Crashes are more common than ever and are affecting the outcome of races. At least, that’s the theory Illustration: Garry Walton. Photos: L'Equipe/Offside It happened to Alberto Contador at the 2014 Tour de France, at the 2015 Giro d’Italia and then again, twice, at the 2016 Tour. It also happened to Bradley Wiggins at the 2013 Giro, to Chris Froome at the 2014 Tour and to Richie Porte and Alejandro Valverde at last year’s Tour. Also to Geraint Thomas in last year’s Tour, last year’s Giro, and, unfortunately for the Welshman, in many other races too over recent years. What all have in common is that they have suffered serious crashes in a Grand Tour. Worse, they were crashes that in all but one case – Contador at the 2015 Giro – led to the rider pulling out. See related Tour de France 2018: The ...

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