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Horrendous Tour of Flanders crash sees Bahrain Victorious pro disqualified

Filip Maciejuk apologised, saying the move was "a big error in my judgement" as Tadej Pogačar won the race with a stunning solo attack...

Bahrain Victorious' Filip Maciejuk was disqualified from the Tour of Flanders for causing a shocking crash which brought down most of the men's peloton, injuring many riders.

UAE Team Emirates' Tim Wellens was the worst affected and abandoned the race, but riders from many teams were brought down, Julian Alaphilippe, Peter Sagan, Jasper Stuyven, Davide Ballerini, Edoardo Affini, Ben Turner and Yves Lampaert among them.

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The pile-up came with around 140km to go as the peloton raced for position ahead of the first ascent of the Oude Kwaremont.

Maciejuk sped up the left-hand side of the road and onto a flooded grass verge, losing control of his bike and swerving back into the peloton, hitting Tim Wellens and in turn bringing down tens of riders behind.

Commentating for GCN and Eurosport, Dan Lloyd said "it is a long time since I have seen a crash as big as that". 

Moments later, Philippe Gilbert, riding seconds behind the peloton aboard a motorbike, told the TV coverage Maciejuk had been disqualified "for taking a lot of risk and causing the crash".

The 2017 Flanders winner said his former teammates at Soudal Quick-Step seemed to be the worst affected team, with three big names down, and praised the commissaires for using TV footage effectively to come to a decision regarding the disqualification.

"I don't think anyone can argue that that is the correct decision by the UCI commissaires," Lloyd replied.

"I'm really sorry for my mistake"

As the race continued, Maciejuk took to social media to apologise.

"I'm really sorry for my mistake and causing the crash today," he said. "I hope all those involved are in good health and safe. This should not happen and was a big error in my judgement.

"I had no intention of causing this. All I can do now is apologise for my mistake and learn from this in the future. Sorry again to the peloton, my teammates and the fans."

Sitting at home watching alongside the rest of us, Lotto DSTNY's Thomas De Gendt — who is good friends with Wellens — said "dangerous" moves like Maciejuk's need to be banned, saying he would be "okay with suspensions for moves like this".

"This was a direct attack to my friend Tim Wellens. Hope he is not hurt too much," De Gendt commented.

Dan is the news editor and has spent the past four years writing stories and features, as well as (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. Having previously written about nearly every other sport under the sun for the Express, and the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for the Non-League Paper, Dan joined in 2020. Come the weekend you'll find him labouring up a hill, probably with a mouth full of jelly babies, or making a bonk-induced trip to a south of England petrol station... in search of more jelly babies.

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Jimmy Ray Will | 1 year ago

I'm 100% in favour of suspensions for this type of incident. Doesn't need be a crazy long ban, something like 4-6 weeks would do. 

These crashes should be reviewed (whenever practical), and those responsible, where obvious fault can be attributed, should face a period on the benches. There are not too many sports where there isn't such a mechanism in place. 

ubercurmudgeon | 1 year ago

That look-back at the mayhem he triggered, then down at his top-tube, is pure Bart Simpson.

brooksby replied to ubercurmudgeon | 1 year ago

To cause that, to know that you caused that, and then to just keep on rolling... 

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