One particular bike owner at the Grand Prix of Denain was offered loads of place by his rivals just after crashing into a pile of manure.
The historic French race observed a quantity of strange incidents in the one particular-day celebration, but 1 stunk far more than any other.
Riders had been likely all-out on the cobblestone streets of northern France, but Belgian Stan Dewulf paid out a awful rate for misjudging a corner when he went straight on into a pile of cow muck.
Cameras managed to pick up the somewhat amusing second, with one particular Eurosport commentator declaring: “Maybe a soft landing.”
As they both of those struggled to contain their laughter, the other remarked: “That is going to be smelly, that is heading to be a person smelly crash there from the rider going straight into a mountain of manure.”
Dewulf managed to decide himself up and keep going, with riders probable holding their length as he managed to close up 53rd out of 133 opponents to commence the race.
Luckily the AG2R Citroen Group equipment attributes brown shorts, with Dewulf ready to partly protect up his shame, as a range of major Dutch retailers commented ‘s*** happens’.
Dewulf later on posted on Instagram indicating: “You could say that I experienced a s***** race currently. Pretty much.”
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He was not the only one to have a tough time, although, with Hugo Hofstetter viewing the remaining facet of his handlebar snap off, ruining any opportunity of a respectable consequence.
Right after possessing his gear replaced, astonishingly the right aspect then snapped off of the new handlebar, with the Frenchman fuming at his machines in a terrible advertisement for the Bianchi suppliers of his bicycle.
That wasn’t it for the drama while, when Tim van Dijke observed his possibilities of victory slip absent heading to the finish line as his shoe cleat slipped out of the pedal for the remaining sprint.
With the Dutchman out of rivalry, Juan Sebastian Molano from Colombia designed it to the line first in a person of the most hectic street races of the calendar year.
There’s some competition for that honour in 2023 though, with the Strade Bianche not too long ago interrupted by a stampeding horse, when the Star of Besseges saw one particular rider remaining hanging from a bridge.