Tour de France more dangerous than us riding the streets?
I saw the other day in the race that a car passed a cyclist and clipped him as he went by.
I don't think the support vehicles are this aggressive in the California races. I've been following the race somewhat and notice the cars getting too close to the riders all the time. I know if I was in a bike race I would want it to be safe. It would be awesome to have the whole road and not have to worry about cagers all the time, but it seems even the pros dont get a break.
Its kind of maddening and irritating that they do this. They should keep their distance until the rider signals he needs something. These support cars are just too aggressive.
The roads in America are two to three times wider. The racing is generally safer in America because of this. Even though they often don't close down the roads except for a temporary period of time while the bike racers pass. Also, TDF is the world's largest bike race. A lot more people, traffic and cars in the motorcade.
Usually there are at least 20-30 riders who have to abandon the race every TDF because of injury. Ten or so because of broken bones or other serious injury. So I would say that the TDF is statistically much more dangerous.
Of course road racing is more dangerous than riding the streets, and most of the time it has little to do with the support vehicles etc. Racing in a tightly-packed bunch of >100 riders is inherently dangerous. Bunch sprints are extremely dangerous. Descending at 100kph on twisting roads is dangerous.