World champion Julian Alaphilippe crashed in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday crashing into a race bike while isolated up front with two huge favorites Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel. The French puncher went over his bike, falling heavily on his back, after hitting an organization’s motorcycle 35 kilometers from the finish in Oudenaarde, south of Ghent.
FALL OF JULIAN ALAPHILIPPE 🚨🚨
The world champion is on the ground after touching a motorcycle !!!! The Frenchman seems seriously affected, he cannot get up #TourDesFlandres
– France tv sport (@francetvsport) October 18, 2020
While competing for the first time in the Tour of Flanders, his last race of the season, the wearer of the rainbow jersey remained on the ground for a long time, treated by a medical team, and appeared to be suffering from his right arm.
Fucking shit biker !!!!
— Remco Evenepoel (@EvenepoelRemco) October 18, 2020
He had gone on the offensive 4 kilometers earlier, followed by Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel and then joined by Belgian Wout van Aert, winner of Milan-Sanremo. The bike, the trio of which followed in the wake, decelerated in a straight line. Van der Poel avoided it at the last moment but Alaphilippe did not see it and could not avoid the collision.