The two riders were racing one another when they both exited the track, falling over the boards and into the stand.
A video has emerged on Twitter of two racers exiting the track of a velodrome and careering over the advertising hoardings and into stand.
The dramatic footage shows the riders racing side-by-side to one another as they cross the start/finish line.
Then, the pair both make their way up the velodrome’s banking mid-way through the turn but instead of riding at a higher height and then returning to a lower part of the track on the back straight, disaster strikes.
The rider closest to the boards appears to ride on them and then rides off the track and flies through the air and into the stands. The second rider follows almost identically and the pair are seen crashing into the stand.
The duo crash at a high speed and land some distance beyond where they left the track.
It is believed that the race was part of the 3 Track Tournament in Germany, although CW couldn’t verify that. It is also not known whether or not the riders suffered injuries or not.
It looks as if only a few people were in the stands at the time of the crash, but screams can be heard as the riders veer off track.
The 2017 Tour of Britain is expected to attract a number of the world’s top sprinters, with several expressing their fondness at the course to race director Mick Bennett.
Marcel Kittel, stage 8b winner, Tour of Britain 2014 Credit: Andy Jones
Mick Bennett, the OVO Energy Tour of Britain race director, has revealed that the world’s fastest riders are excited about this year’s route which offers many opportunities for the sprinters.
The national race, which takes place between September 3 and 10, is noticeably different this year compared to previous editions in that there is no hill-top finish for the first time since 2012 and there is only one stage of undulating parcours which usually characterises the race.
Additionally, the race finishes in Cardiff and not London as per tradition and in fulfilment of a long-time agreement with the Welsh capital.
Six of the eight stages will most probably eventuate in a sprint, although Bennett has pointed out that there are a number of finishing circuits for the riders to negotiate which could add drama and prevent a bunch finish. Weather, too, could play a part in deciding the outcome
“When I have spoken to the top sprinters in the teams – the Mark Cavendishs, [Alexander] Kristoffs, Kittels, [Nacer] Bouhannis – they have loved the course,” Bennett told Cycling Weekly.
“They like the idea that one year the course will be more in their favour and they’re excited.
“We have had extreme finishes in the past and four years ago we introduced the hill-top finish.
“We decided this year to come down the east side of the country more, to have a classic 10 mile time trial [in Clacton], but also to have a race for the rouleurs and sprinters this time, instead of having a race more varied, for the all-round rider.
“We’ve also introduced circuit finishes in the fishing venue: we look at innovation each year. This is the change – whether it’s a good one, we are going to find out.
“But the riders make the race, not the terrain. It’s the riders and weather that will make this race, not the fact that you have got flattish, less undulating routes.
“In the early part of the race, the first four stages at least, [it should be decided by sprints], but they’re also technical and the wind coming in off the east coast… you could have a situation where the whole race could split into five echelons without a sprinter in the front group.”
A large number of riders prepare for the World Championships by racing the Tour of Britain and the sprint-friendly route in Bergen for this year’s course was a leading reason behind the ToB’s flatter course.
2018’s Worlds are a much more mountainous affair – so can we expect the Tour of Britain to include more hills? “It’s a very fair and likely assumption,” Bennett commented.
American WorldTour team Cannondale-Drapac are actively pursuing new sponsors and a cash injection for the 2018 season.
Pierre Rolland wins stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia 2017
Cannondale-Drapac, the American WorldTour team, have announced that they are in need of new financial support for the 2018 season and beyond.
The team – which is home to American stars like Andrew Talansky and Taylor Phinney, as well as British talent Hugh Carthy – has admitted that their budget is “extremely limited” and new cash injection is required to maintain a top-tier UCI outfit and to be competitive.
Slipstream Sports, the owner of the team, have never denied that their financial budget is substantially less than that of other teams such as Sky, and so their announcement is not a surprise.
The team have gone under various guises in recent years to ensure that they can continue to race at the highest level, and it would appear than Cannondale are looking to withdraw from title sponsorship next year, but also maintain a relationship with the Argyle team
In a statement, Slipstream Sports said: “Cannondale is not only a sponsor of the team but also a major owner of Slipstream Sports.
“And while Cannondale wishes to continue as a major financial backer, we are actively looking for additional sponsors.
“The team’s budget is extremely limited and has been for several years, forcing cuts in areas such as sport science and aerodynamic testing.
“In order to provide the proper level of support to our riders, we will continue to search for further backing.”
With the Giro d’Italia over, the focus this week has been on bike launches, aero bikes and frame weights
New bikes from BMC, Kinesis and Cannondale
This time of year is when brands start to roll out their new bikes for 2018. So we’ve reported on a few bike launches, starting with BMC’s new Teammachine. The Teammachine SLR will come in both rim and disc braked models and was developed using BMC’s supercomputer design method, which took the frame through 34,000 design iterations. BMC says that its disc brake frame is less than 50g heavier than the rim brake version.
If you prefer rim brakes, we’ve also had the news that Campagnolo has added a new brake track to its Bora Ultra carbon wheels, which it says dramatically improves braking in all conditions. And we’ve also had news from Pro of why Gianni Moscon’s three spoke wheel collapsed in the Tirreno-Adriatico opening team time trial.
Disc brake version of the new BMC Teammachine frame weighs only 50g more than the rim brake one
Meanwhile, Kinesis UK has announced the new Tripster AT frameset, with AT standing for All Terrain. It’s designed to take 700c tyres up to 45mm wide or 650b up to 52mm, for mixed surface riding, bikepacking or just longer road rides. Kinesis sells a build kit alongside the frameset or you can buy the frame and fork and build your own dream mixed terrain specification.
Kinesis’s Tripster AT is ready for your mixed terrain adventures
And Stateside, Cannondale has brought out a new SE version of its SuperX cyclocross frame kitted out for mixed terrain with chunkier tyres and a wide range SRAM Force 1 groupset.
The sub-500g frame, custom S-Works bikes and Madone range explained
We’ve also this week looked at just how light a carbon frame could go. By including graphene in the lay-up, British manufacturer Dassi reckons that it could make a sub-500g frame, although its initial model will be closer to 600g.
Dassi is aiming for a sub-500g frameset with its graphene containing lay-up
Meanwhile at the Giro d’Italia, Fernando Gaviria and Bob Jungels were given custom S-Works bikes by Specialized to celebrate their wins in the Points and Young Rider competitions respectively.
We’ve lined up five top aero bikes for a head-to-head test
We’ve also tested five aero road bikes, including the S-Works Venge ViAS, Cervélo S5 and Canyon Aeroad at Derby Velodrome to see which is fastest. While if a Trek Madone takes your fancy, we’ve had a look at the range, all the way from the £4,800 9.2 up to the £11,500 Race Shop Ltd. And we’ve also run through Boardman’s road bike range.
And don’t forget to check our deals pages, including Sunday Trading, if you’re looking for more cycling kit.
Mladenovic, 24, served 16 double faults but came through amid a raucous atmosphere on the second show court at Roland Garros.
“I don’t think that they crossed the line,” she said of the crowd.
“I mean, I noticed once – and I think it was bad – when they kind of screamed between her first and second serve, but that’s because they thought it’s a double fault because the first serve was a let or something.
“But that’s the only thing that happened. Otherwise, they were quite fair.”
No Frenchwoman has won the title at Roland Garros since Mary Pierce in 2000.
Thirteenth seed Mladenovic joins Bacsinszky, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the last eight, with only three of the top 10 seeds still in the draw.
Muguruza, 23, left her media conference briefly because she was so upset, before returning to reveal she was glad to relieve the pressure of being French Open champion.
“I love this tournament no matter what happens,” said Muguruza, who claimed not to have been distracted by Mladenovic’s cries of “Forza!” after the Spaniard’s errors.
“I’m going to be super happy to come back.
“Everybody is going to stop bothering me asking me about this tournament, so it’s going to be a little bit like, ‘Whew, let’s keep going.'”
Second seed Karolina Pliskova, third seed Simona Halep and fifth seed Elina Svitolina will aim to reach the quarter-finals when they play their fourth-round matches on Monday.
Pliskova and Svitolina won their rain-delayed third-round matches on Sunday, while former world number one Wozniacki reached the last eight.
Williams, the 10th seed, fought back from 5-1 down to take the opening set against Bacsinszky.
But 27-year-old Bacsinszky broke Williams’ serve in the first game of the second set as she won 12 of the last 15 games in the match.
Wozniacki, 26, reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2010 with a 6-1 4-6 6-2 win over Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, the eighth seed and 2009 champion.
Pliskova, the Czech, beat Carina Witthoft of Germany 7-5 6-1, while Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Poland’s Magda Linette 6-4 7-5.
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