A CYCLIST was left counting the price as his £eight,000 bike was snapped in HALF in a crash… however he nonetheless managed to complete.
Trek-Segafredo spinner Laurent Didier was fortunate to return away with simply scrape after the unimaginable collision together with his costly Trek Domane.
The 33-yr-previous Luxembourg rider was concerned in the smash with Thomas Kaeslar and Jesse Featoby, each Aussies from the Drapac EF staff and Benjamin Andrews of Oliver's Actual Meals.
However his bike was probably the most hanging sufferer of the pile-up, which occurred during a stage that featured heavy cross-winds in the Australian state of Victoria.
The day's experience completed in Warrnambool on the south coast of the nation, the place Dane Lasse Norman Hansen, with Britain's Tom Stewart driving house fifth on the day.
For the 4 poor crashers, it was a case of get residence unscathed, which Andrews did 9min again, whereas Didier spun residence 15min 15sec after the stage winner, whereas the Drapac pair rolled in 9min after him.
It stays to be seen whether or not the riders will take to the beginning line for stage two of the race, that includes British Olympic champion Ed Clancy, who wore the chief's jersey after the prologue.
Elsewhere, Group Sky ace Chris Froome has been advised to not begin the Giro d'Italia if he doesn’t know the result of his salbutamol controversy.
The UCI haven’t set a date for when they may move a choice over whether or not Froome broke anti-doping guidelines for his antagonistic analytical discovering at the Vuelta a Espana.
Giro race director Mauro Vegni stated: "They should inform us whether or not the rider is ready to race often or whether or not he’s suspended.
"We gained't settle for a repeat of the [Alberto] Contador case and a retrospective ban.
"On the Froome case we await the subsequent steps of the UCI, particularly the appliance introduced by Staff Sky.
"Because the organisers of the Giro d'Italia we don't need to stick our noses in, however we would like a certification by the UCI that may permit the rider to be at the beginning of the subsequent Giro d'Italia."
A CYCLIST was left counting the fee as his £eight,000 bike was snapped in HALF in a crash… however he nonetheless managed to complete.