Crashes cause chaos in Etoile de Bessèges

LA CALMETTE FRANCE FEBRUARY 04 Arrival Jordi Meeus of Belgium and Team Bora Hansgrohe White Best Young Jersey during the 51st toile de Bessges Tour du Gard 2021 Stage 2 a 154km stage from SaintGenis to La Calmette Crash Injury Mud EDB2020 on February 04 2021 in La Calmette France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
The best young rider's jersey of Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) got a bit messy after a late-stage crash (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Two major crashes disrupted the sprint finish on stage 2 of the Etoile de Bessèges on Thursday, with a dozen riders hitting the deck in the final four kilometres. 

In all, 19 riders were given the same time as the winner, Timothy Dupont (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles) who avoided the chaos to win the stage, beating Pierre Barbier (Delko) and European champion Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos). Most of the riders apparently escaped serious injury.

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