Tour de France - French TV car causes shocking Tour crash
Sun, 10 Jul 16:33:00 2011
Juan Antonio Flecha and Johnny Hoogerland were fortunate to avoid serious injury after an extraordinary car crash during stage nine.
A French television car, following the leading group of five riders 38km from the finish, swerved sharply across the road to avoid a protruding tree - but knocked straight into Flecha, who was riding beside the vehicle.
Spaniard Flecha clattered straight into Hoogerland, who was riding beside him - and sent him into a barbed wire fence.
Despite the horrific nature of the crash both riders were back in the saddle and looking to complete the stage.
The Tour de France, renowned for its arduous nature, has seen an unusually high number of crashes this year.
Watch the astonishing footage here by clicking below:
French TV car causes horror crash