Things turned ugly as the Tour of Britain reached the Midlands when a cyclist crashed into a car parked in a disabled bay in Retford, Nottinghamshire.
Approximately 10 cyclists collided with the car, but only one seriously enough to warrant being rushed to hospital.
The car was noticeably damaged as glass and shrapnel from the crash lay across the route.
The rider taken to hospital was identified as American Brent Bookwalter, who rides BMC Racing Team.
Witnesses close to the scene were shocked at what had happened, after Bookwalter reportedly flew through the window of the car, resulting in a three inch gash penetrating his upper arm.
As racers flew around the corner of the street in Retford, a pile-up occurred as riders came off having come into contact with the car.
The controversy has left many wondering why precautions were not made for the race to be safer, particularly considering the precarious position of the parked car.
You can see the crash from the aerial footage provided below, and also the immediate aftermath of the nasty collision.
A fan also captured the moment, which can be seen in the below video.
The blame seems to be resting on the shoulders of the race organizers, who allowed the race to go ahead along this route without any restrictions on cars being parked along the street and around the corners.
With this in mind, there was nothing stopping the car, which was legally parked, to be in its position which caused Bookwalter’s injury.
An eyewitness told told Lincolnshire Live: “About four or five of them came round the corner onto Grove Street and all piled into the back of a parked car outside Topkapi – one went through the back windscreen of the car.
“It was shocking to see – he’s lucky to be alive.”
It remains to be seen how things will unfold following this unfortunate incident in the Tour of Britain.
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