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Tour de France: Wout van Aert avoids serious crash thanks to ‘fantastic’ bike handling skills that limited impact

Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) crashed on stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday, but his incredible bike handling skills prevented the accident from becoming more serious.

Entering the fast corner, Van Aert, who was supporting team leader Jonas Vingegaard on an important day at Massif Central, was going too fast but showed the agility for which he is renowned by bunny-hopping onto the pavement and skidding to a stop, avoiding what looked like a heavy impact.

“He defended it well, it could have been a lot worse,” said Adam Blythe in Eurosport commentary.

“As far as accidents go, it could have been a lot worse.

“Wout van Aert, we know one of the best bike riders in the world who can jump onto a 30-degree curb.

“He positioned himself so that his rear wheel hit the barrier, straight up.

Wout van Aert.

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“When you think about everything he had to do in that one second, it’s unbelievable how much worse it could have been for him.”

Sean Kelly, commentating alongside Blythe, added: “There was no way he could have controlled it but he did a fantastic job of keeping it going.

“He could have done a lot more damage.”