A huge crash broke apart the peleton on Tuesday leaving carnage and a list of big names affected. Mark Cavendish has been forced out of the tour with various broken bones as he crashes into fence on a sprint travelling up to 60kmh towards the finishing lion. Th blame has been left at Peter Sagan’s door who has been suspected of illegally using his elbow. He too will take no further part in the tour after they disqualified him.
This story in itself will make this one of the most memorable crashes in TDF history. Whether we like to admit it or notcrashes are a big part of the race and the risk the riders take. Here is our list of the most significant crashes in Tour de France history.
1 Bernard Hinault 1985
Legendary french cyclist Bernard Hinault was going for his fifth yellow jersey in 1985. He had secured it once again on the tour but in a shocking moment his small group chasing Greg Lemond on stage 14 crashed. Hinault went head first into the ground. This was in the time of no helmets too. Despite this he pushed away doctors t finish the stage and even more miraculously the jersey stayed with him all the way to Paris.
2 Laurent Jalabert 1994
In 1994 Laurent Jalabert had reinvented himself from a sprinter to a day and classic rider. You would think this would also minimise the likelihood of crashing but instead Jalabert was knocked by a policeman of his bike destroying it and his body in the process. There was more blood on the road than any day since.
3 Joseba Beloki 2003
Joseba Beloki had one of the most memorable crashes in the modern era but unfortunately it was not much down to him for the memory. In 2003 Beloki was in second overall behind Lance Armstrong travelling down a hairpin on one of those days where the road literally melts. Being followed by Armstrong he had a horrific crash on the corner taking him out of the race. Armstrong diverted away from the crash and across the wild nature in a memorable day of TDF racing.
4 Marcus Gerdhart 2007
Marcus Gerdhart crashed 2007 Tour de France in what seemed like very innocuous proceedings. He was racing on a straight country road with no real pressure on the stage but the crash is notable for being caused by a dog. Luckily thanks to a collapsing wheel neither the dog nor rider were dramatically hurt.
5 Jens Voigt 2009
In 2009 everyone’s favourite Jens Voigt crashed on a ferocious descent where riders were clocking upwards of 60mph. His face first tumble was missed by cameras but the aftermath of a non-moving body had everyone worried. Luckily he was able to walk away from the crash with just broken bones.
6 Jonny Hoogerland 2011
Jonny Hoogerland suffered one of the most brutal crashes seen in a Tour when in 2011 during a breakaway he was clipped by a team car and sent flying not only into tarmac but a barbed wire fence. That is the sort of thing you turn away from on the TV.
7 Chris Froome 2014
Chris Froome was hoping for great things in 2014 and so was Team Sky but unfortunately the whole thing was cut short in an early stage which was washed out by rain. His broken collarbone meant he had to give up on that particular year but he back with a vengeance.
8 Mark Cavendish 2014
Mark Cavendish always seems to get into scrapes. It is part of the job. In 2014 he was in a mighty crash with Australian Simon Gerrans. Unlike a few days ago this time it was done to Cavendish who held his hands up and apologised to Gerrans for causing the crash that cost them both the stage.
9 Alexandre VinoKourov 2011
At the foot of the Col Du Pas de Peyrol in 2011 riders was hitting the bottom at top speed in the rain. Cycling is hard enough in the dry and descending in the rain is one of the most dangerous aspects of the sport. The pile up and mistakes at the bottom cost Alexandre Vinokourov a broken leg and also Jurgen Vandenbroucke and David Zabriskie any chance of finishing the tour that year as hall had to leave with significant injuries.
10 Giuseppe Guerini 1999
While fans can often be the best part about the tour, when they cause crashes it must be the most frustrating outcome. The most prominent of this was in 1999 Giuseppe Guerini was on his way to winning a mountain stage when an amateur photographer thought it would be a good idea to step out in the middle of the road to take a picture. It was like slow motion as the rider and fan clattered into each other. Luckily Guerini composed himself enough to win the stage.