A CLOSE SHAVE: Cyclists just avoid high-speed train

07:53 PM | 12 Apr, 2015
A CLOSE SHAVE: Cyclists just avoid high-speed train
PARIS (Web Desk) – A shocking situation erupted in Paris-Roubaix race when cyclists hardly avoided a high speed train at a level crossing, reported Mirror.

This is the shocking moment cyclists in the Paris-Roubaix race narrowly avoided a a high-speed train at a level crossing.

A few among the field risked being hit by passing through the barrier, before the TGV rushed through seconds later.


"That could have ended in disaster. You could see riders nip across but that train wasn't slowing down," said BBC Sport commentator Rob Hayles.

The one-day race will be Sir Bradley Wiggins' last for Sky.

Team-mate Geraint Thomas suffered a puncture and a heavy fall early in the race, but was able to continue.

Ahead of the race, Wiggins said the race - known for its challenging cobble surface - was the perfect way to finish.

“It just wouldn't be the same anywhere else,” he told Team Sky's official site. “I think Roubaix is a fitting end, and so many riders - Museeuw, Ballerini, Van Petegem - they've all ended it there. You come into the velodrome and you get to do a lap of honour wherever you finish.11

"It's probably the only race other than the Tour de France where riders plug on to get to the finish.

"Even if I've been dropped or crashed, I'll ride on with a broken collarbone just to come into the velodrome as it's my last race. No other race would be like that.”

Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France - the first Brit to do so - with Team Sky, days before he won gold in the London 2012 time trial.