Their hopes of cycling victory were left in tatters - just like their ripped jerseys.
Two Tour de France riders were knocked off their bikes yesterday with one sent hurtling into a barbed wire fence.
Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha and Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland were racing through the French countryside when the TV car came alongside them.
The vehicle, belonging to TV station France 2, veered suddenly to its right as it passed a group of five cyclists along a narrow country road just 22 miles from the finish of a stage.
As it did so, Team Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha was sent tumbling to the ground, colliding with Hoogerland and catapulting him into the wire and causing ugly lacerations to his skin.
Both men eventually re-mounted their bikes and continued riding - even with shredded jerseys and blood pouring from their cuts. Read More