Watch the 20-bike pileup that paused the Tour de France

HUY, BELGIUM - JULY 06: (L-R) William Bonnet of France riding for FDJ, Simon Gerrans of Australia riding for Orica-GreenEdge, Jose Mendes of Portugal riding for Bora-Argon 18, Greg Henderson of New Zealand riding for Lotto Soudal and Ramon Sinkeldam of the Netherlands riding for Giant-Alpecin lay on the ground after being involved in a crash with 65km remaining in stage three of the 2015 Tour de France from Anvers to Huy on July 6, 2015 in Huy, Belgium. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Getty Images

Don’t let anyone tell you cycling isn’t a contact sport.

The third stage of the Tour de France was stopped for nearly 20 minutes Sunday following a crash involving about 20 riders about 37 miles out of Huy, Belgium.

The crash occurs seconds into the above video, when Frenchman William Bonnet fell down after tapping another rider’s rear wheel, causing the pileup. The race was paused so race officials could provide medical assistance and so those who fell could catch up.

Race leader Fabian Cancellara was involved in the crash, suffering two fractures in his lower back that caused him to withdraw from the race. Four others, including Bonnet, also withdrew.


British rider Chris Froome is in the lead by one second following the stage.

H/t – Gawker, ESPN


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