Monday, July 6, 2015

Massive pileup highlights third stage of Tour de France (VIDEO)

Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez won the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday, with British rider Chris Froome finishing second to take the race leader’s yellow jersey. 

But it was a massive pileup of other cyclists which stood out on the day.

The crash happened with a little under 65 kilometers (37 miles) remaining, forcing the stage to be neutralized and then stopped altogether shortly after — for nearly 20 minutes — while organizers allowed those who were in the crash to catch up.

The crash took place before the 159.5 kilometer Stage Three course wound through Belgium when Frenchman William Bonnet went down and several riders tumbled around him.

All of the main contenders avoided the 20 rider crash, except Fabian Cancellera, who started the day in the yellow jersey and pulled out of the Tour with two fractured vertebrae. 

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