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Video - Big crash at the Tour de Suisse Stage 4 today

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Old 06-15-10, 04:42 PM
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Video - Big crash at the Tour de Suisse Stage 4 today

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Old 06-15-10, 05:21 PM
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Old 06-15-10, 05:37 PM
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Damn Cat 5s........lol
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Old 06-15-10, 06:19 PM
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Nice shot of Cavendish's wheel folding in half:

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That front wheel just didn't like it's life anymore...

They were leaning on each other. Big effin' deal. They do that all the time. My guess is that they would have been fine had that wheel not gone.

Hot damn...
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Nope...look at it one frame at a time (or close to it) along with the overhead view. As Cav continues to sweep left into HH as he just gets ahead of him, his left leg comes down and knocks HH's bars, or hands...which twists HH's wheel right into Cav's front wheel. The wheel folding was a result, not a cause of the crash (which was entirely Cav's fault IMHO).

If you think the wheel folding caused the crash, then you probably also think that Spartacus used a motor assisted bike at Flanders and Roubaix...
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So are you saying that the crash would have still occured had the wheel not folded?

I'm siting the proximate cause, not the distal one...

And yes, it was a gruber motor.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
So are you saying that the crash would have still occured had the wheel not folded?
I think so.

Cav appears to have caused the crash when he slid left and hooked his arm on HH's brake hook...pulling HH into Cav. It folds when Cav's bike is cambered overslightly and HH simply runs over his wheel. Had it been a bit less severe it's possible his wheel wouldn't have folded, but I'd wager he would have still gone down.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
So are you saying that the crash would have still occured had the wheel not folded?
Yup...Cavendish's leg (edit: or something) hitting HH's bars turned the his front wheel in microseconds and drove it up and straight into Cavs wheel. It's hard to see even in the slo mo because it happens so fast. If the wheel hadn't folded, Cav's wheel still would have been instantly stopped all the same.
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Yuck.
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Is it just me or does the wheel look fine again once it pops out the other side?
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Is it just me or does the wheel look fine again once it pops out the other side?
It snaps back. Here it is a few milliseconds later...

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It snaps back. Here it is a few milliseconds later...
That's a good glue job...I'll bet the tire pulled it back into "shape"...
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gives a new meaning to HED wheels
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