The opening stage at Tirreno-Adriatico was overshadowed after a pedestrian walked out on the time trial course causing Bora-Hansgrohe riders Oscar Gatto and Rafal Majka to crash heavily.
On a wet course in the city of Camaiore, Bora-Hansgrohe’s seven-man team saw any hopes they had of winning the opening day team time trial scuppered when a member of the public, seemingly oblivious to the race that was taking place, walked in front of the group of riders.
After stepping into the path of Peter Sagan’s team, Daniel Oss managed to swing to his left to avoid the pedestrian, though Gatto and Majka were less fortunate. Bora-Hansgrohe’s remaining riders went on to finish the stage in 20th spot, 1min 57 secs adrift of stage winners Mitchelton-Scott, before Gatto and Majka later completed the course.
Despite finishing the course, Bora-Hansgrohe have said both riders sustained injuries, though have yet been evaluated. “Initial reports indicate that Oscar Gatto has sustained some bruising, while Rafal Majka went down somewhat harder,” Bora-Hansgrohe tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
“Further testing will need to be done to evaluate their injuries. However, both riders finished the stage today.”