A truck filled to the brim with hay has taken out an inflatable finish-line sign at the first stage of the women’s Tour Down Under in Australia.
The gantry, designed to help riders locate the finish-line, was swept over a hundred metres up the road before the truck driver stopped, all before the day’s stage finishing. Thankfully the gantry was recovered and re-inflated before the day’s racing climaxed.
Moving through Gumeracha, the day’s starting and finishing point of the stage, the truck was part of traffic that was being ushered through the finishing straight before the road was closed off. Unfortunately the truck driver didn’t realise that his load may have been a bit too big to pass under the finish-line.
— ABC News (@abcnews) January 11, 2018
Despite happening early in the day, there were reportedly a few spectators gathered near the gantry gearing up for the action who ended up getting caught out as the incident unfolded. ABC Adelaide reported that there were no injuries and that the police weren’t involved in the incident.
Later Team Sky rider Owain Doull caught a glimpse of the limp inflatable once the truck had stopped.
— Owain Doull (@owaindoull) January 11, 2018
Doull will be going up against the likes of Peter Sagan and Richie Porte in the season opening race.
For the women, the day’s plaudits went to Wiggle -High 5 rider and Aussie native, Annette Edmonson, who took the victory in a sprint victory against Italian Giorgia Bronzini (Cylance Pro Cycling) who placed second with Lauretta Hanson (UniSA-Australia) in third.
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The men’s race starts on Tuesday January 16 and finishes on Sunday January 22.