Irish cyclist Matt Brammeier had a horrific crash while he tried to rejoin the peloton during the Tour of Utah. Obviously, Brammeier was coming down the hill at Guardsman’s Pass in Big Cottonwood Canyon far too fast to make the turn, and went straight into a team car at a speed I don’t even want to guess.
According to Cycling News:
Brammeier was immediately taken to hospital following the incident and was diagnosed with injuries to his pelvis, ribs and lung. “Thankfully, Matt has suffered no head, neck or spinal injuries and is currently stable in hospital. His musculoskeletal injuries are significant however,” team doctor Jarrad van Zuydam explained in a press release issued by the team. “He suffered rib fractures on both sides as well as a small pneumothorax. He also has fractures of the sacral and pelvic bones. Matt is unlikely to require surgery but will need some time to recover from his injuries.”
While it’s good that he is going to recover, the situation was made worse by the bonheadedness of two motorcycle escort vehicles who made an already chaotic situation go from challenging to highly dangerous.
At about 0:33, two motorbikes come tootling down the hill. One stops on the inside shoulder, while the other continues at parade pace around the inside of the turn and collects two additional cyclists.
I hope everyone recovers, and that whoever was on those motorcycles gets an ass-kicking.