Julian Alaphilippe hit a motorcycle which knocked him down when he was in the leading group on the Tour of Flanders.
He will remember his first participation in the Tour of Flanders. Julian Alaphillipe was on course to leave his mark on the Belgian race. Well launched with two other breakaways – favorites Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel – the French world champion had all the cards in hand to play for victory.
But about 35 kilometers from the finish, the three escaped men passed a motorcycle. Last of the three riders, the Frenchman could not avoid the vehicle, nor the fall. Van der Poel must have made a wide gap just before him.
The French puncher went over his bike, falling heavily on his back, after hitting the motorcycle. 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. He had gone on the offensive 4 kilometers earlier, followed by Van der Poel, the two men being later joined by Van Aert.
The bike, the trio of which followed in the wake, decelerated in a straight line. Van der Poel avoided her at the last moment but Alaphilippe did not see her and could not avoid the collision.