Cyclist Daniel Oss has been forced to retire from this year’s Tour de France with a broken neck after he collided with spectators.
The Team TotalEnergies rider crashed into fans at high speed while they were lined up along a cobbled street during Stage 5 between Lille and Arenberg.
Footage shows Oss getting knocked off balance after clipping one fan before colliding with another who is leaning out to film the race on a phone.
“Complementary examinations have revealed a fracture of a cervical vertebra requiring immobilization for a few weeks,” a team statement read.
“Daniel Oss is therefore forced to leave the Tour de France… The whole team wishes you a good recovery Daniel.”
Multiple crashes occurred, although not all serious, during Wednesday’s Stage 5 as riders raced on cobblestones.
The Italian rider was somehow able to finish the stage despite the crash, which also involved two other riders who were brought down behind him.
Daniel Oss suffered this horrible crash yesterday and still managed to finish the stage. But his team has since said he is out of #TdF2022 after “additional examinations revealed a fracture of a cervical vertebra requiring immobilisation for a few weeks”. pic.twitter.com/Xv9SpCWj52
— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) July 7, 2022