Wouter Weylandt, Michael Goolaerts, Bjorg Lambrecht and so many others have lost their lives on a bicycle in recent years. Remco Evenepoel or Fabio Jakobsen have come close to death in 2020. Since last Saturday, and the start of the Tour de France 2021, Tony Martin, Primoz Roglic or Caleb Ewan, among dozens of other riders, have dabbled in high speed, resulting in multiple injuries. Almost every year, violent pilings suddenly remind us to what extent the lives of these asphalt acrobats are finally hanging by a thread.
On March 11, 2003, when Andrei Kivilev fell fatally on his head during Paris-Nice, the tears of his friend Alexandre Vinokourov, as well as the trauma of the peloton and the public, prompted the UCI (International Cycling Union) to take a radical measure by requiring all runners to wear helmets.
Seventeen years later, the appalling accident between Fabio Jakobsen and Dylan Groenewegen, which occurred on August 5, 2020 during the Tour of Poland, has marked the spirits. As the Dutchman received a nine-month suspension for his dangerous behavior (he had propelled his compatriot through the safety barriers at full speed while they were fighting for a victory in the sprint), the cycling world is trying to ” improve the safety of runners in the race. After a chaotic start to the Tour de France, the question is more than ever at the heart of the concerns of those concerned, who protested silently on Tuesday, each trying to contribute to limit the risk of a fall.