Entrambi gli incidenti sono avvenuti nell'ultima ora di gara, con il primo successo con just with 27 miglia rimaste da percorrere, secondo cyclingnews.com.
Several videos posted on social media showed a spectator holding out a cardboard sign on the side of the road when a rider in the peloton crashed it, causando un enorme tamponamento.
The Dutch riding team, Jumbo-Visma, was among the most significantly impacted by the crash. Cyclist Tony Martin was the one who made contact with the spectator’s sign, secondo il rapporto.
A second collision took place a short time later with a little more than six miles to go, secondo eurosport.com.
The extent of the injuries was not immediately known. Martin reportedly suffered road rash from the initial crash but was able to rejoin the race, while Germany’s Jasha Sutterlin had to withdraw.
French world champion Julian Alaphilippe was able to survive the day’s chaos to win the first stage.