Race favorite Remco Evenepoel suffered a weird crash moments after securing victory within the third stage of the Vuelta a Espana.
Belgian Evenepoel, who’s bidding for a second consecutive common classification win at the Spanish grand tour, sprinted away from a gaggle of favourites to take the stage win in an early present of energy.
However having carried important velocity by way of the ending space, the Soudal-QuickStep rider careered into a throng of individuals, colliding with a woman and hitting the deck.
Evenepoel was left with a major quantity of blood on his face after the incident after falling closely.
The mishap spoiled what was an in any other case spectacular day from the 23-year-old on the primary summit finish of this yr’s Vuelta.
Evenepoel took the race chief’s pink jersey after acclerating away from a condensed group largely comprised of staff leaders after a tricky 158.5km route between Suria and Arinsal in Andorra.
Jumbo-Visma’s Jonas Vingegaard, who’s trying to do the Tour de France/Vuelta double, kicked to outsprint Juan Ayuso (UAE Group Emirates) for second place, with Vingegaard’s teammate Primoz Roglic additionally within the prime 5 at the top of the primary Pyrenean stage of the race.
A win for both Vingegaard or Roglic would make Jumbo-Visma the primary staff to finish a sweep of all three males’s grand excursions in a single calendar yr within the trendy period.
The race continues with stage 4 tomorrow, with the riders beginning in Andorra la Vella earlier than ducking again into Spain on a hilly path to the port metropolis of Tarragona.
The subsequent important check for the GC males is about to be on Wednesday’s Stage Six, with a tricky closing climb as much as the Astrophysical Observatory of Javalambre.