World champion Alafilips experiences a heavy fall on a Flemish bike ride
Audenarde (Belgium), Oct. 18, LETA. On Sunday, the world champion of the group, Gillen Alafilip, suffered a heavy fall in the one-day competition “Ronde van Vlaanderen” included in the UCI World Tour, in which Matthia van der Pull celebrated the victory.
In this competition, cyclists had to cover a distance of 243.3 kilometers with 15 floors and heavy hills, as well as several sections of pavement.
About 36 kilometers before the finish, the Frenchman Deceuninck-QuickStep, along with the Belgian Jumbo-Visma and the Dutch van der Pool (Alpecin-Fenix), set off from the group, but a few kilometers later the world the champion suffered a heavy fall. On a slight incline, he did not see the race judge in front of the riders behind the rivals and hit him on the shoulder.
Alafilips plumped and landed heavily, grabbing his arm in pain. It is clear that he injured the shoulder and wrist of his right hand.
After Alafilip’s resignation, Van Arts and van der Pool maintained a two-wheeler victory in the finish line. Van der Pool was superior to the hairdresser. The next group split third, with Norwegian Alexander Christophe (UAE) winning the victory.
It is significant that in 1986 Matri van der Paul’s father Adri won this bike ride.
On Sunday, Latvian cyclist Toms Skujiņš of the “Trek-Segafredo” team also took part in the start, but she is not among the athletes who finished in the top ten.
“Ronde van Vlaanderen” took place for the 104th time in history. In 2000, Roman Vainstein won the third place in this bike ride.