Bizarre Moment A Tour De France Rider Breaks His Neck As He Smashes Into A Fan

By Samantha in Sports On 9th July 2022

Tour de France rider Daniel Oss suffered a bizarre incident that resulted in a broken neck after he smashed into a fan and landed on cobblestones during a terrifying accident on stage five of the world-famous race on Thursday.

Incredibly, the Italian finished the stage, which featured 11 sections held on the dangerous surface, before going for scans that revealed he'd fractured a vertebra in his neck.

As the video shows, Oss was moving at a really high speed when he smashed into a fan, who had leaned out into his path while filming the competitors on his phone.

The fan was slammed into the ground by the impact while the rider was hurled off his bike into the path of another competitor, who also crashed into the cobblestones.

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Oss's TotalEnergies team revealed the extent of the damage after he had scans on the injury.

'Additional examinations revealed a fracture of a cervical vertebra requiring immobilisation for a few weeks,' they tweeted.

'Daniel Oss is therefore forced to leave the Tour de France. The whole team wishes you a good recovery Daniel.'

 

The other rider who fell as a result of the collision, Michael Gogl, also suffered a painful collarbone and pelvis injury and the injury was so bad that he was unable to take part in the following day's action.

Tadej Pogacar currently holds the yellow jersey after stage six.

On Wednesday, Australian cycling veteran Simon Clarkegot his name in the record books after earning a magnificent, last-ditch stage  triumph to crown his long career after a brutal, crash-strewn cobbled stage.

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Clarke got so emotional after his achievement of crossing the line on Wednesday, completing a lifelong dream of clinching a stage of the famous Tour.

His victory makes him the oldest Australian to win a stage of the Tour, at 35 years and 355 days of age, while he is the fifth-oldest cyclist ever to win his first stage.