Heart-stopping moment Tour de France rider breaks NECK in violent collision with fan during chaotic scene as bikes race across cobbles
- Daniel Oss collided with a spectator during a treacherous run on stage five
- He somehow managed to finish the stage despite having a broken neck in the accident
- Another rider who was hit suffered a fractured collarbone and pelvis
Tour de France rider Daniel Oss suffered a broken neck after crashing into a fan and landing on the cobbles in a horrific crash on stage five of the world-famous race on Thursday.
Incredibly, the Italian completed the stage, which consisted of 11 sections on the treacherous surface, before undergoing a scan which revealed he had fractured a vertebra in his neck.
The wasp was traveling at high speed when it crashed into a spectator who was leaning into his path filming the competitors on his phone.
The impact of the fan hit the ground, and the rider was thrown from the motorcycle into the path of another participant, who also hit the pavement.
Impact moment: Daniel Oss collides with a spectator at high speed during the fifth stage of the Tour de France
Another fan grabs Wasp’s bike as he tries to stand up. Incredibly, he finished the stage
Wasp’s TotalEnergies team discovered the extent of the damage after he had a scan of the injury.
“Further tests revealed a fractured cervical vertebra requiring immobilization for several weeks,” they tweeted.
“That’s why Daniel Os has to leave the Tour de France. The whole team wishes you a speedy recovery, Daniel.’
The other rider who fell in the collision, Michael Gogle, suffered a broken collarbone and broken pelvis. Another rider was so badly injured during a stage that he was unable to take part in the next day’s action.
Wasp’s team later revealed that he would have to be immobilized for “several weeks” after fracturing a vertebra in his neck.
Thaddeus Pogacar currently holds the yellow jersey after stage six.
Australian cycling veteran Simon Clarke etched his name into the record books on Wednesday after scoring a stunning final stage a triumph to cap his long career after a brutal, crash-strewn cobbled stage.
Clarke could not contain his emotions as he crossed the line after winning a lung-busting sprint on Wednesday, fulfilling a lifelong dream of winning a stage of the famous Tour.
His win makes him the oldest Australian to win a stage of the Tour, aged 35 years and 355 days, while making him the fifth oldest cyclist ever to win his first stage.