Tour de France: Johnny Hoogerland Hit by Car - Video

Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine Johnny Hoogerland of the Netherlands and Vacansoleil-DCM team rides on stage nine of the 2011 Tour de France from Issoire to Saint Flour on July 10, 2011 in Saint-Flour, France. (Getty Images)more pics » Johnny Hoogerland gets bumped by a car carrying officials from France Televisions. (Still Frame from Sporza Live) During the Tour de France on Sunday, Johnny Hoogerland took a spill when he was bumped by a car riding alongside a pack of bicycle racers. Video of the crash shows Hoogerland and Juan Antonio Flecha crashing after a car carrying France Televisions officials veers into them.

Hoogerland tumbled into a ditch where barbed wire left him with cuts on his leg that required 33 stitches to patch up. On Monday, despite the injuries and the 16 minutes of lost race time, Hoogerland said he planned to ride on Tuesday and finish out the competition.

France Televisions has already fired the driver of the car, who appears to have ran into the cyclists while trying to avoid a tree growing very near the narrow road. The station has also sent representatives to personally apologize to Hoogerland as prosecutors investigate whether charges should be brought against the driver or the company.

Cars and motorcycles are a constant hazard during the Tour de France though collisions rarely occur. Tour officials, team managers and photographers provide a network of support for the racers and coverage of the popular race. Video of Hoogerland's crash is particularly hard to watch because the driver's erratic behavior is so obvious. Watch it below.


Pictures from the Tour de France, Stage 9
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine
  • Le Tour de France 2011 - Stage Nine


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