A Tour de France rider broke his neck after colliding with a fan but still managed to finish stage five of the race with a time of 13.07 behind eventual winner, Simon Clarke, but was forced to abandon the rest of the race due to his significant injuries.
The 35-year-old Italian rider, Daniel Oss was cycling from Lille to Arenberg on Wednesday’s fifth stage of the world’s most prestigious road cycling race when he collided with someone standing roadside.
The spectator got a bit too close to the action while filming cyclists passing by at high speed which resulted in Oss being thrown off of his bike and into another rider.
Watch video footage of the incident captured by another spectator:
Italian cyclist Daniel Oss collides with fan at the Tour de France. He has withdrawn from the event after tests determined he suffered a neck fracture in the high-speed crash. 🙏
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Oss’s team, TotalEnergies announced that he had suffered significant injuries from the accident, adding that additional examinations revealed a fracture of a cervical vertebra requiring immobilisation for a few weeks. Oss is therefore forced to retire from the Tour de France 2022.
The woman who caused the collision has since been identified and arrested.
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