WATCH: Low-flying helicopter blamed for La Vuelta pro cycle crash in Spain

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CYCLE RACE CHAOS: Riders were flattened the finish thanks to a race helicopter. Photo credit: Twitter

ONE rider in Spain’s La Vuelta cycle race needed two stitches in the groin after taking a nasty tumble when the downdraught from a helicopter caused a pile-up at the end of a stage.

The incident happened at the end of the sixth 155.7 km stage from Huércal-Overa – San Javier, Mar Menor when plastic barriers were blown into the path of cyclists by a helicopter that was hovering too low covering the event.

Cyclist Julien Duval who was involved in the crash and tweeted saying, “Thanks to @lavuelta helicopter : Result 2 suture points [stitches].” He later confirmed the stitches had been in the groin.

This year’s La Vuelta race consists with of 21 stages that will cover a total distance of 3,254.7 kilometres (2,022 miles).

Running from August 25 to September 16 the first stage was a time-trial in Malaga on the Costa del Sol.

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