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.
— Duval Julien (@DuvalJulien27) August 30, 2018